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Doctor insights on: Fourniers Gangrene

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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is gangrene?

What is gangrene?

Tissue death: Gangrene is the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. There are a number of different causes for this lack of blood supply such as embolus to an artery, atherosclerotic occlusion of an arterty, trauma to an artery or bacterial/toxic damage to the arterioles and tissues. ...Read more

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What causes gangrene?

What causes gangrene?

Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but certain soil and gut bacteria can. Certain Strep can also behave aggressively. People with impaired immunity are more susceptible. ...Read more