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What causes fournier gangrene?

What causes fournier gangrene?

Seen in diabetics: Fournier's gangrene is seen in neglected untreated diabetics, infection of genitalia starts at scrotum rapidly spreads if untreated it is lethal. , need extensive debridements, frequent dressings and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...Read more


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Need doctor's help! will occur fournier gangrene in the foot?

Need doctor's help! will occur fournier gangrene in the foot?

Not usually the foot: Fournier gangrene is a type of necrotizing infection or gangrene usually affecting the perineum. ...Read more

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Over how many days does fourniers gangrene become lethal/ lead to death?

Over how many days does fourniers gangrene become lethal/ lead to death?

Can occur quickly: Fournier gangrene is a soft tissue infection of the groin area, caused by mixed infection of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Many patients are diabetic. It is considered a surgical emergency requiring IV antibiotics and surgery to remove dead and infected tissue. In spite of such measures, the mortality rate overall is 40%, but 78% if sepsis is already present at the time of presentation. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of fourniers gangrene? I have patient who has that disease and its sad to see him deproving each day.

What is the mortality rate of fourniers gangrene? I have patient who has that disease and its sad to see him deproving each day.

Age,kidneys,blood,..: In the following study the primary factors effecting mortality are age, renal function and presence of a coagulopathy as the three most important factors influencing mortality. Read the link for more info: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19837424. ...Read more

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Would scrotal ultrasound rule out fourniers gangrene? Have fever plus scrotal discoloration.

Would scrotal ultrasound rule out fourniers gangrene? Have fever plus scrotal discoloration.

Not useful: Physical symptoms of fournier's gangrene are progressive and include the following: 1) crepitant ("spongy" to the touch) skin which may be painful or numb; 2) dead and discolored (gray-black) tissue; murky and malodorous fluid weeping from skin; 3) fever and lethargy; 4) increasing genital pain and redness; 5) swelling of tissue in the genital area. ...Read more

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Can a 19 year old get fourniers gangrene? Testicle pain but ultrasound and ct scan normal. But still have testicle pain,hot testicles and they smell

Can a 19 year old get fourniers gangrene? Testicle pain but ultrasound and ct scan normal. But still have testicle pain,hot testicles and they smell

Yes. : Fournier's Gangrene requires more than a painful, smelly scrotum. Fournier's is a necrotizing infection caused by bacteria. It can be a deadly disease, but I'm pretty sure you do not have it. I would suggest seeing a doctor about your scrotum/testicular pain and getting examined. ...Read more

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Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. what do we need to know when we get her home?

Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. what do we need to know when we get her home?

Control diabetes: Fournier's is an aggressive infection of the groin area. Usually requires surgical removal of tissue. Most patients require long term wound care. Happens most commonly in diabetics, so sugar control is essential. Often a surgeon, urologist and plastic surgeon are involved. Follow their recommendations. Keeping the wound clean is essential. ...Read more

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How could gangrene spread?

How could gangrene spread?

Not gangrene: It's not the gangrene that spreads, but the infection associated with it, or as the vascular supply is compromised, the tissues continue to die. ...Read more

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What is color of gangrene?

What is color of gangrene?

Darkening of skin: May be black. Gangrene is death of tissue. It may begin with discoloration of various hues, progress to black. If you are concerned see a doctor asap. ...Read more