Fournier's Gangrene Complicating Hematologic Malignancies: Literature Review and Treatment Suggestions

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Giovanni D'Arena
Giuseppe Pietrantuono
Emilio Buccino
Giancarlo Pacifico
Pellegrino Musto

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Fournier, gangrene, malignancy, hematology

Abstract

Fournier’s gangrene (FG) is a rare but severe necrotizing fasciitis of the external genitalia that may complicate the clinical course of hematologic malignancies and sometimes may be the first sign of the disease. The clinical course of FG is very aggressive and the mortality is still high despite the improvement in its management. Early recognition of FG and prompt appropriate treatment with surgical debridement and administration of antibiotics are the cornerstone of the management of this very severe disease.

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