Fournier's Gangrene Associated with Intradermal Injection of Cocaine
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
© 2013 International Society for Sexual Medicine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 1184–1186, April 2013
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Fournier's gangrene associated with intradermal injection of cocaine. J Sex Med **;**:**–**., , , , , , and .
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
- Fournier's Gangrene;
Cocaine abuse is associated with a number of medical complications, most notably arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, and cerebral hemorrhages. The injection of cocaine in the penis has been predominantly recorded into the corpus cavernosae and is associated with priapism.
Here we describe the injection of subcutaneous cocaine within the penile shaft skin producing ischemic necrosis and Fournier's gangrene.
Main Outcome Measures
We sought to highlight the effects of cocaine use within the penis and emphasize the different effects that may ensue.
We reviewed a recent clinical case and conducted a literature review on the use of cocaine within the penis.
The use of cocaine has been reported previously within the literature and is mainly limited to case reports. Cocaine use within the corpora and the subcutaneous tissues produces significantly different consequences ranging from priapism to Fournier's gangrene.
The case illustrates the growing use of cocaine and other illicit drugs and emphasizes the importance of this issue to all clinicians.