What is the role of blood tests in the workup of Fournier gangrene?

Updated: Jun 03, 2021
  • Author: Vernon M Pais, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Obtain a CBC to assess the immunologic stress induced by the infectious process, check the adequacy of the red blood cell mass, and evaluate the potential for sepsis-induced thrombocytopenia.

A coagulation profile (ie, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, platelet count, fibrinogen level) is helpful to look for sepsis-induced coagulopathy.

Blood samples should be drawn for culture to assess for septicemia. Consider type and screen if surgical exploration is undertaken.


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