Fournier's gangrene as a delayed complication of closed hemorrhoidectomy

R. Gurfinkel, Y. Slovik, R. Glezinger, S. Walfisch

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Background: Fournier's gangrene is recognized as a synergistic necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and abdominal wall along with the scrotum and penis in men and the vulva in women. The major sources of Fournier's Gangrene are dermatologic, anorectal and genitourinary infections. Although anorectum is remarkably rich in bacterial flora, transanal procedures are generally free of infectious or septic complications. Nevertheless, five cases of Fournier's gangrene post hemorrhoidectomy have been published. Objective: To report a case of Fournier's gangrene as a delayed complication of closed hemorrhoidectomy and to demonstrate the management of such complication. Patient: A sixty-six years old male who had undergone an uncomplicated closed hemorrhoidectomy was readmitted to the hospital on postoperative day 7 for fever, perirectal erythema and tenderness accompanied by a dirty brown discharge from the wound. The patient was treated with fluid resuscitation and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Radical debridement of the perianal and scrotal region was performed accompanied by diverting colostomy. Four months later a reconstruction of the perianal area was performed by meshed split thickness skin graft and the colostomy was closed. Conclusions: Fournier's gangrene is a rare immediate or delayed complication of hemorrhoidectomy. A review of the limited available literature suggests that neither the surgical technique nor the medical history of the patient have an influence on the development of such a rare and fatal complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-396
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - 12 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Fasciitis
  • Fournier's gangrene
  • Hemorrhoidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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