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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1257-1261
Fournier's gangrene due to perioperative iatrogenic colon perforation in a renal transplant recipient


1 First Department of Surgery and Transplant Unit, Evaggelismos General Hospital, Athens, Greece
2 Department of Urology, Evaggelismos General Hospital, Athens, Greece

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Georgios Papadimitriou
First Department of Surgery and Transplant Unit, Evaggelismos General Hospital, Athens
Greece
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.168665

PMID: 26586068

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Fournier's gangrene is not a common cause of morbidity in renal transplant recipients, but, if it occurs, it is difficult to treat because of the immunosuppression and associated increased mortality rate. We describe the case of a male patient who underwent renal transplantation with complicated post-operative course, resulting in cecum perforation (thermal injury due to cautery use during transplantation) requiring exploratory laparotomy and cecostomy. A few days later, he developed Fournier's gangrene and urgent radical surgical debridement of the scrotum was performed, along with aggressive antibiotic regimen and the immunosuppressive treatment was modified. Subsequently, the patient underwent scheduled cecostomy closure (right hemicolectomy), while the scrotum trauma healed with tertiary intention. Epidemiologic characteristics, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, therapeutic options and morbidity-mortality rates of Fournier's gangrene are reviewed, emphasizing the role of immunosuppression in renal transplant recipients to disease development.


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