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Cirujano general

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BARAHONA-LOPEZ, Daniel Martín et al. Fournier’s gangrene at the Hospital Escuela Universitario of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Cir. gen [online]. 2016, vol.38, n.3, pp.123-128.  Epub Mar 31, 2020. ISSN 1405-0099.

Fournier’s gangrene is a necrotizing fasciitis of polymicrobial origin that affects fascia and subcutaneous tissues of the genital and perianal regions; this condition carries a high risk of morbidity and mortality due to the rapid spread that the process can have.


To contribute to the knowledge of this disease by establishing a clinical characterization of patients treated at the University Hospital.

Material and methods:

An observational, descriptive, retrospective study of 40 cases that were reviewed between 2010 and 2015; their epidemiological, clinical and treatment data were evaluated.


Of the 40 people who were included, 37 were male and three female, establishing a ratio of 12:1. The average age was 51 years; we found increased incidence in the fifth and sixth decades of life. The main clinical manifestation was pain, in the 90.0% of the patients, followed by fever, in 67.5%, and purulent discharge, in 55.0%; the main related factor was diabetes mellitus, present in 37.5% of the participants. Proteus mirabilis was the most frequently isolated organism in crop secretion, followed by Escherichia coli.


Although this condition is rare, complications and sequelae in patients are severe, so an early diagnosis and treatment should be established to reduce the rapid progress it can present.

Keywords : Fournier’s gangrene; Fournier’s syndrome; necrotizing fasciitis.

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