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Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Leukocytoclastic vasculitis presenting with acute haemorrhagic oedema of the scrotum
  1. Karina Reyner1,
  2. Philipp Dahm2
  1. 1Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States
  2. 2Department of Urology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philipp Dahm, p.dahm{at}


Fournier’s gangrene is a form of rapidly progressive necrotising fasciitis involving the soft tissues of the male genitalia. The treatment for this urologic emergency is immediate surgical debridement. Misdiagnosis of Fournier’s may lead to unnecessary surgical interventions, making careful recognition of systemic signs of illness crucial. The authors present a case of a 48-year-old patient who presented emergently with massive scrotal oedema, erythema and pain suspicious for Fournier’s gangrene and systemic signs of illness, including palpable purpura and leukocytoclastic vasculitis on biopsy.

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