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    Fournier's Gangrene

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    Fournier's gangrene is a serious, life-threatening infection of the male genital area. The infection usually starts in the skin of the genitals (penis or scrotum), the urethra , or the rectal area.

    There are several conditions that may lead to this infection. Frequently an injury or burn to the area occurred before the infection. Genital surgery, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) , or a problem with the urethra also may precede this infection. Men with certain conditions are at higher risk for developing Fournier's gangrene. These conditions include:

    Symptoms include:

    • Swelling and redness.
    • Tissue that looks deeply bruised but is actually dead (necrotic).
    • Drainage of pus with a bad odor.
    • Pain.
    • Fever.
    • Pain with urination.
    • Problems passing urine.
    • Possible shock .

    This infection is a medical emergency. It is treated with antibiotics, and surgery is usually needed to remove dead (necrotic) tissue.


    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD

    Current as ofMay 24, 2016

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