Solitary candida albicans infection causing fournier gangrene and review of fungal etiologies - Abstract

Polymicrobial bacterial infections are commonly found in cases of Fournier gangrene (FG), although fungal growth may occur occasionally.

Solitary fungal organisms causing FG have rarely been reported. The authors describe a case of an elderly man with a history of diabetes who presented with a necrotizing scrotal and perineal soft tissue infection. He underwent emergent surgical debridement with findings of diffuse urethral stricture disease and urinary extravasation requiring suprapubic tube placement. Candida albicans was found to be the single causative organism on culture, and the patient recovered well following antifungal treatment. Fungal infections should be considered as rare causes of necrotizing fasciitis and antifungal treatment considered in at-risk immunodeficient individuals.

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Perkins TA, Bieniek JM, Sumfest JM.   Are you the author?
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Reference: Rev Urol. 2014;16(2):95-8.

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 25009452 Infections Section