Fournier gangrene

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Four·ni·er dis·ease

infective gangrene involving the scrotum.

Fournier gangrene

, Fournier disease (fŏr-nē′ā)
[Jean Alfred Fournier, French dermatologist, 1832–1915]
Necrotizing fasciitis of the genitalia that may spread to the thighs or abdomen. This aggressive and life-threatening form of cellulitis typically occurs in patients who have had local trauma to the perineum and patients with diabetes mellitus.


Multiple aerobic and anaerobic bacteria cause the infection.


Treatment consists of broad-spectrum antibiotics and wide surgical débridement.


Jean Alfred, French syphilographer, 1832-1914.
Fournier disease - infective gangrene involving the scrotum. Synonym(s): Fournier gangrene; syphiloma of Fournier
Fournier gangrene - Synonym(s): Fournier disease
syphiloma of Fournier - Synonym(s): Fournier disease
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Fournier gangrene is a life-threatening necrotizing soft tissue infection that afflicts diabetic men and progresses rapidly if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Diabetic patients may present with infections unique to this population, which include rhinocerebral mucormycosis, emphysematous cholecystitis, malignant otitis externa, and Fournier gangrene.
Fournier gangrene is a form of necrotizing fasciitis involving the perineum and scrotum that affects diabetic men with poor glycemic control.
Typical signs and symptoms of Fournier gangrene include perirectal, perineal, and scrotal pain and swelling, as well as fever.
Most cases of Fournier gangrene are polymicrobic, but isolating group C streptococci should not dissuade the clinician from the diagnosis.