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J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Dec;43(12):e39-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.09.014.

Fournier's gangrene in childhood: a report of 3 infant patients.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, 41380 Kocaeli, Turkey.


Fournier's gangrene is uncommon in pediatric age group, and little is known about the disease in the newborn period and infancy. Three patients, aged 10 days, 14, and 17 months, with Fournier's gangrene, were treated in our hospital. The predisposing factors were prematurity, a diaper rash, and varicella infection, respectively. Especially, prematurity and diaper rash are rare predisposing factors in the pediatric population; therefore, high index of suspicion, prompt diagnosis, conservative surgery, and multidisciplinary approach are the mainstays of management in children with Fournier's gangrene.

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