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Fournier’s Gangrene Lawsuit

Fournier’s gangrene is a potentially life-threatening skin infection, that affects the genital, perianal and perineal areas of the body. It can be caused by SGLT2 inhibitors used to treat diabetes.

A form of necrotizing fasciitis, Fournier’s gangrene kills soft tissues quickly, including muscle and nerves. It is caused when a skin wound allows bacteria, fungi or a virus to seep inside. According to the FDA, “Fournier’s gangrene is an extremely rare but life-threatening bacterial infection of the tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels of the perineum. The bacteria usually get into the body through a cut or break in the skin, where they quickly spread and destroy the tissue they infect.”

Side effects of Fournier’s gangrene can be severe. Side effects include genital itching, swelling, and pain in the genital area, that worsen over time. The infection can become severe and spread into deeper tissue and can cause inflammation of the blood vessel linings. The skin may begin to smell, due to dead tissue.

A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration warns that SGLT2 inhibitors may lead to necrotizing fasciitis. The report states that 12 cases have been reported thus far. All of the patients had to be hospitalized and required surgery. Many of the patients suffered complications, including acute kidney injury and diabetic ketoacidosis, and one patient died.

SGLT2 Inhibitors are a class of type 2 diabetes drug, that lower blood sugar by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing sugar (glucose) and release it through the urine. These drugs are FDA approved for use in adults to treat type 2 diabetes. Common SGLT2 inhibitors include Invokana and Invokamet.

Adults with type 2 diabetes can often experience yeast infections, that can cause male genital
itching. Genital itching requires treatment, or it can spread infectious diseases.

Fournier’s gangrene is often treated with antibiotics, but sometimes surgery is needed to remove the dead or dying tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is another treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen while in a pressurized chamber or tube.

If you have suffered from Fournier’s gangrene, or other types of skin conditions like yeast infections, due to your diabetes, contact us at KBA Attorneys. We have a team of dangerous drug attorneys that can evaluate your case.