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Fournier Gangrene


Synonyms of Fournier Gangrene
  • Fournier Disease
  • Fournier Gangrenes
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Perineum and Genitalia
  • Synergistic Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Perineum and Genitalia

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Fournier gangrene is a serious, rapidly progressive infective gangrene involving the scrotum, penis, and/or perineum caused by a broad array of microorganisms, acting in mutual support of one another (synergistically) and usually resulting from local trauma, operative procedures, or urinary tract disease.

    Since 1950, more than 1,800 cases for study have been reported in English language medical literature. This disease occurs worldwide and, although it is recognized more frequently among male adults, has been identified also among women and children. Treatment usually consists of the surgical removal (debridement) of extensive areas of dead tissue (necrosis, necrotic) and the administration of broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics. Surgical reconstruction may follow where necessary.

    Organizations related to Fournier Gangrene
    • NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      1 AMS Circle
      Bethesda MD 20892-3675
      Phone #: 301-495-4484
      800 #: 877-226-4267
      e-mail: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info
    • NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
      45 Center Dr MSC 6200
      Bethesda MD 20892-6200
      Phone #: 301-496-7301
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: N/A



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