Fournier’s Gangrene is a type of necrotising fasciitis. In this article we explore Fournier’s Gangrene in more detail, explaining what it is, what the consequences are, and what you can do if you have suffered because of a delay in diagnosis.
Fournier’s Gangrene – a type of necrotising fasciitis
Fournier’s Gangrene is when necrotising fasciitis occurs in the male genitalia. Necrotising fasciitis is a severe bacterial infection that happens when a certain type of bacteria (usually the Group A Streptococcus bacteria) enter the body. They can get into the body through something as tiny as a paper cut.
Once inside the body, the bacteria will start to multiply. As they reproduce, however, they release a chemical that attacks the tissue. This causes the tissue to breakdown until eventually the blood supply is hindered. The tissue will then become deficient in oxygen (ischaemic) and within a short space of time the tissue will die – or in medical terms, become necrotic.
Consequences of Fournier’s Gangrene
Because Fournier’s Gangrene affects the male genitalia, a patient will first notice a severe pain in their genital area that is disproportionate to the injury (if an injury is even visible). The genitalia will then start to become discoloured, turning dark red. The affected individual will also feel extremely unwell with a fever.
If treatment is not given, the bacteria will carry on reproducing and the genitalia will becoming increasingly discoloured, turning purple and black. There may also be black, pus-filled blisters. As the tissue becomes necrotic, an open wound will develop and, if treatment still is not given, this open wound will continue to grow in size.
This will obviously have serious consequences for the patient concerned. There a risk that the infection will spread to the blood and causes sepsis and organ failure. Even if these devastating complications do not ensue, a patient will be left with a horrendous defect. This may affect his ability to urinate and he is likely to have permanent sexual dysfunction. Many also feel upset by the sight of the wound, causing them emotional and psychological trauma.
Have you suffered because of a delay in treatment?
If you have suffered any of the complications associated with Fournier’s Gangrene, you need to consider why this happened. If a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition is to blame, medical professionals may be held accountable for your injuries. This means you will be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
To find out more about claiming compensation for Fournier’s Gangrene, contact us today.