Ultrasound in the diagnosis of Fournier's gangrene

Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2012 May;2(2):104-6. doi: 10.4103/2229-5151.97276.


Fournier's gangrene (FG) is a life-threatening, rapidly progressive necrotizing infection. If not recognized and treated early, it is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The classic physical exam findings of crepitus are seen in approximately two-thirds of patients during the early stages of FG. Focused bedside sonography performed in cases of suspected gangrene represents an excellent adjunct in confirming the presence of subcutaneous gas and other signs of necrotizing infection. We present an illustrative case of a patient with FG who was evaluated with focused bedside ultrasonography.

Keywords: Bedside diagnosis; Fournier's; ultrasound.

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