COTW: A painful testicle

The patient is a 60 year old man with history of HTN, HLD and pre-DM who presented with fevers, chills, night sweats and worsening scrotal and testicular pain.

A bedside testicular ultrasound was performed:

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Note scrotal skin thickening, and dirty shadowing suggestive of subcutaneous air.

Diagnosis: Fournier’s gangrene.


OR report: extensive necrotizing fasciitis of entire right hemiscrotum, half of left hemiscrotum right pre-pubic area/base of penis and perineum with sparing of bilateral testicles.

Patient did well post-operatively. Cultures grew e. coli and bacteroides thetaiotaomicron and he was discharged on PO antibiotics four days later.