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Case Reports
May 1931

GANGRENE OF THE SCROTUM IN INFANTS AND IN CHILDREN

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(5):1123-1127. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940110117010
Abstract

Gangrene of the scrotum is not a common condition, but it is by no means rare. As far back as 1905, Whiting1 collected from the literature 93 cases of scrotal gangrene. In 1911, Coenen and Przedborski2 reviewed 203 cases, and in 1930, Gibson3 collected 203 cases of idiopathic or spontaneous gangrene of the scrotum—only one variety of this malady. The earliest case reported is credited to Boerhave,4 in 1753, occurring in a man, 40 years of age, as the result of urinary retention. The patient recovered with a resulting urinary fistula. The first case of scrotal gangrene in a child was reported in 1764 by Baurienne,5 who observed the condition in a 14 year old boy. The earliest case in an infant found in the literature was one reported by Hebler,6 in 1848. His patient was a 12 weeks old infant with erysipelas of

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