What is it?

Fournier’s gangrene is a type of necrotizing fasciitis that affects the scrotum, penis or perineum. Necrotizing fasciitis is a life-threatening bacterial infection of soft tissue. Fournier’s gangrene is an infection of the skin, subcutaneous and muscle fascia of the scrotum, penis or perineum caused due to bacterial infection. It is a rare but very dangerous disease.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms at first may include redness, tenderness and swollen genitals and perineum. If the condition worsens, symptoms may include changes in mental state, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, putrid smell and pain around the abdomen.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests and blood tests but it is not recommended to stall the treatment for these further tests.


Treatment for fournier’s gangrene is surgical debridement which is the removal of the dead tissue from the body so that the condition will not spread. Usually, antibiotics are given as well.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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