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During the Harvey Weinstein trial in which he was accused and charged with rape and criminal sex act, the topic of a “genital deformity” arose. It is believed he had suffered from a serious genital condition called Fournier’s Gangrene.
According to Daily Mail, one of the accused showed pictures of a naked Weinstein which demonstrated scars and lack of testicles. It was revealed that he allegedly suffered a severe infection that required surgery and left him, with what he had stated in a 2017 court document, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
What is Fournier’s Gangrene?
Fournier’s Gangrene is a deep and serious infection that rapidly spreads across the genitalia and perineum and if advanced can spread to the abdomen, chest, clavicle and legs.
Described medically as a “fulminant necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genital region” it is rare but may occur in those who are immunocomprimised, older, obese, diabetic, with alcoholic liver disease.
It more commonly affects men and could be induced by a bladder infection, piercing, skin abscess or trauma to the genital area.
Heiner et al described a case in a 29 year-old who acquired the life threatening illness after “excessive masturbation.”
Symptoms include fever, pain, skin breakdown, odor, air pockets under the skin and if severe, may suffer from fatigue, anemia, drops in blood pressure, coma and death.
Treatment includes IV antibiotics and sometimes surgery. Mortality rate varies based on how soon the infection is found and the health of the patient.
SGLT2 inhibitors for diabetes has been linked to a higher risk of Fournier’s Gangrene.