Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fournier Gangrene Overview

What is Fournier gangrene?
A person with Fournier gangrene has an infection of the soft tissue around the genitals or anus. In Fournier gangrene, the infection destroys blood vessels that supply blood to the tissue. The lack of blood supply promotes further infection and tissue death. The illness may become life-threatening if it continues to spread through layers of tissue. Fournier gangrene is usually caused by an existing infection of the skin or organs that are located near the genitals or rectum. The illness is 10 times more common in men, than in women.

What are the symptoms of Fournier gangrene?
Symptoms of Fournier gangrene include skin discoloration, skin ulcers, blackening of the affected skin, genital swelling, and genital pain. Other symptoms include fever, lethargy, and drainage from infected tissue.

How does the doctor treat Fournier gangrene?
Treatment of Fournier gangrene will include antibiotics and surgery to remove dead tissue.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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