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.
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:
This infection is a medical emergency. It is treated with antibiotics, and surgery is usually needed
to remove dead (necrotic) tissue.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMarch 14, 2017
Current as of:
March 14, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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