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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 174-178

Clinical characteristics and outcome of management of Fournier's gangrene at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Department of Surgery, Urology Division, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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Olufunmilade A Omisanjo
Department of Surgery, Lagos State University College of Medicine and Teaching Hospital, 1 5 Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, Lagos
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.142287

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Background: Fournier's gangrene (FG) though a rare condition can be associated with significant mortality. There are few reports in our environment documenting the outcome of management of the condition. The aim of the following study was to describe the clinical characteristics and outcome of management of patients with FG in a tertiary hospital in Southwest Nigeria. Patients and Methods: The clinical records of patients who presented with FG at a tertriary hospital over a 5 year period were reviewed. Results: A total of 11 cases were reviewed and all patients were male. The scrotum alone was the most common site of involvement (54.5%). Late presentation was common with 9.6 days (range 1-21 days) being the average duration between the onset of symptoms and presentation at the hospital. Most of the patients (63.6%) did not have any identifiable systemic predisposing factor. There was no mortality or testicular loss recorded. Conclusion: Patients with FG still present late in our environment. However, appropriate aggressive treatment can help ameliorate the associated mortality and morbidity even in a resource poor setting.

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