Incarcerated inguinal hernia in the presence of Fournier's gangrene: a novel approach to a complex problem

Am Surg. 2007 Jan;73(1):93-5.


Fournier's gangrene is an aggressive, polymicrobial soft tissue infection that specifically affects the genital and perineal region. Treatment requires early recognition, broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics, and radical surgical debridement of all infected tissues. Optimal therapy may necessitate multiple debridements that leave the patient with large tissue defects that require skin grafting for scrotal and perineal reconstruction. The presence of other surgical emergencies, such as an incarcerated inguinal hernia, in the face of Fournier's gangrene presents a rare and challenging dilemma to the general surgeon. With the widespread acceptance of tension-free repair utilizing prosthetic mesh in uncomplicated hernia surgery, outcomes have been improved. However, surgical options for hernia repair may become limited in the face of a regional necrotizing soft tissue infection, for which mesh use in an open repair after debridement of infected tissues is generally contraindicated. In this report, the authors describe three consecutive cases of incarcerated inguinal hernia in the presence of concomitant Fournier's gangrene using a laparoscopic approach and natural biomaterial mesh for abdominal wall reinforcement.

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fournier Gangrene / complications*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / complications*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy*
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
  • Surgical Mesh*
  • Treatment Outcome