Penile Gangrene is a rare but lethal kind of gangrene or necrotizing fasciitis affecting the male genitalia. This condition caused by tissues around the genitalia becoming necrotic or dead. It is a serious condition which causes severe and permanent damage to the affected part.
Penile Gangrene can exhibit a number of the following symptoms.
- Grey, purple or black coloured dead tissue
- Affected part is dry and wrinkled
- Oozing pus
- Fever, lethargy and drowsiness
- Affected skin feels spongy
- Blistered skin
- Redness and tenderness
- Severe pain in the genitals
- Offensive odor which might be accompanied by discharge
- Swelling of the penis and scrotum
In dry gangrene there is no pus or discharge seen. The dead tissue becomes dark and wrinkled while wet gangrene produces pus and a strong unfavourable odour. Dry gangrene, when infected can become wet gangrene.
There are a number of things that can cause penile gangrene. It could caused by an infection caused by aerobic or anaerobic bacteria. It is more likely to occur in diabetics, alcoholics, or those who are immune compromised. It could also be a result of trauma or vascular constriction restricting the blood flow.
It is an extremely dangerous and potentially lethal condition that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated it may even cause death. The mortality rate from these conditions is 40% but can be even as high as 78%. There is no way to save the dead and damaged tissue but immediate help can prevent further damage and death.
It is an emergency which demands immediate medical aid. Immediate surgical removal of the dead tissue is necessary, followed by antibiotics. There is no way to revive the damaged and dead tissue but it is important to stop the necrosis from spreading. For a case of infected gangrene, the hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be used to kill and stop the growth of the aerobic bacteria.
Penile gangrene is a serious and life threatening condition which must not be taken lightly. It is important to keep oneself healthy and under regular medication if one is affected by autoimmune disorders or diabetes. It is a good idea to inspect regularly for any signs of abnormal colouration or discomfort and seek help immediately.