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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is fournier's gangrene?

A potentially life-threatening infection of the genital area that spreads rapidly and can kill cells of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. Harmful microorganisms often enter through a break in the skin. It is most in older men but can affect anyone. Risk factors include diabetes, weak immune system, alcohol abuse, obesity, etc.

Symptoms of fournier's gangrene

  • Fever

  • Pain in the region between the scrotum and the anus

  • Redness in the affected area

Questions your doctor may ask to check for fournier's gangrene

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose fournier's gangrene

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in the region between the scrotum and the anus?

  • Is the affected area red?

Treatment for fournier's gangrene

Infection can spread to other parts of the body and it is essential to seek prompt medical attention. Immediate treatment involves surgical removal of infected and dead tissue, wound care and aggressive treatment with antibiotics injected into the vein.

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