Fournier’s gangrene is an acute soft tissue necrotizing infection involving the perineum and the external genitalia which can result in a major loss of the scrotal wall with exposure of the testicles. Reconstruction of such major defect is quite challenging; the use of pedicled gracilis muscle flap helps to create an aesthetically acceptable scrotum with minimal donor site morbidity.
We described the case of a 60-year-old man with a large scrotal loss from Fournier’s gangrene following bladder outlet obstruction and perineal abscess. He had multiple debridement and reconstruction with pedicled left gracilis muscle flap with a good aesthetic and functional post-operative outcome. The major challenge encountered was the loss of the skin graft as a result of the retraction of the muscle flap due to too early ambulation; this can thus be avoided by adequate pre-operative counseling and enforcing bed rest.
The use of gracilis muscle flap in the reconstruction of large scrotal defect described in this report has the additional advantage of creating a pliable and soft feel like that of the original scrotum with minimal donor site morbidity.