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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 426-430

Isolated Fournier's gangrene of the penis

Department of Surgery, Ebonyi State University; Department of Surgery, Urology Unit, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

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Dr. A O Obi
Department of Surgery, Urology Unit, Federal Teaching Hospital, PMB 102, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.179297

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To share experience on the presentation and management of 4 cases of isolated penile Fournier's gangrene. Clinical and demographic data of four patients with isolated penile Fournier's gangrene seen over an 8-year period (January 2006–December 2013) were reviewed. All patients had intravenous fluid resuscitation, emergency surgical debridement, and broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics. Fournier's gangrene of the penis was, respectively, due to long segment anterior urethral stricture, penile edema from poorly controlled congestive cardiac failure, penile abrasion from oral sex and idiopathic. The mean age of the patients was 34.3 ± 5.6 years. One patient with urethral stricture had urinary tract infection. The patients presented with a prodromal period of genital pain and fever followed by genital swelling, gangrene, and ulceration. The most common wound swab isolates were Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Only the skin and dartos fascia were affected with sparing of the corporal cylinders. Mean hospital stay was 17.3 ± 3.0 days and mean Fournier's gangrene severity index (FGSI) was 4.0 ± 0.8. Wound closure was achieved by split skin grafting in 2 patients, delayed primary closure in the third and healing by secondary intention in the fourth patient. Subjectively assessed erectile function was preserved in all four patients. Isolated Fournier's gangrene of the penis is very rare. It is associated with low FGSI and sparing of the three corporal cylinders. It may rarely follow oral sexual practice.

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