AUG 31, 2018 8:06 PM PDT

One Class of Diabetes Drugs Can Increase Risk of Genital Gangrene

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a serious warning about a group of type 2 diabetes drug called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. They reported that between March of 2013 and May 2018, there were twelve cases, that they are aware of, of Fournier’s gangrene in people that were taking an SGLT2 inhibitor. The number might be higher, but they have not yet been notified of the cases.

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 pathogen usually infects the body through a break in the skin; it can destroy tissue rapidly. Symptoms can include fever and swelling or tenderness near the genitals and back to the rectum.

Of the twelve affected people, they were all hospitalized and needed surgery. “Some patients required multiple disfiguring surgeries, some developed complications, and one patient died, “ reported the FDA.

 

Source: FDA

About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on over 30 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 70 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
JUL 07, 2020
Neuroscience
How Blindsight Helps Us Explain Consciousness
JUL 07, 2020
How Blindsight Helps Us Explain Consciousness
Blindsight is the phenomenon in which blind people can interact with their environments even though they can't see i ...
JUL 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Astronomers Spot 4 Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
JUL 10, 2020
Astronomers Spot 4 Mysterious Circular Objects in Space
Scientists have spotted a new kind of signal in space- four strange, circular objects. Three are particularly bright aro ...
JUL 31, 2020
Space & Astronomy
How Many Missions to Mars Have Been Successful?
JUL 31, 2020
How Many Missions to Mars Have Been Successful?
It’s commonly said that roughly half of all missions to Mars have succeeded- while roughly half have failed. But a ...
AUG 12, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earthlike Planets May Orbit Supermassive Black Holes
AUG 12, 2020
Earthlike Planets May Orbit Supermassive Black Holes
Supermassive black holes are enormous wells of gravity that bind galaxies together and emit bright X-ray beams. Known to ...
OCT 02, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
A New Way of Building Houses: 3-D Printing with Clay
OCT 02, 2020
A New Way of Building Houses: 3-D Printing with Clay
Our ancestors had a long history of building dwelling structures using clay and plant-based fibrous materials. Even thes ...
NOV 06, 2020
Space & Astronomy
300 Million Planets in the Milky Way May Be Habitable
NOV 06, 2020
300 Million Planets in the Milky Way May Be Habitable
Researchers have found that there could be at least 300 million habitable worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. This could mea ...
Loading Comments...