Internal Medicine

Open journal

ISSN 2572-9233

Juvenile Gangrenous Vasculitis of the Scrotum

Cameron S. Nichols* and Fnu Nutan

Cameron S. Nichols, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, USA; Tel. (804) 828-9361; Fax. (804) 828-9596; E-mail:

A 17-year-old healthy male presented to the emergency room with painful black ulcers on his scrotum that developed acutely over 24-hours. Other symptoms included fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. He had a mild leukocytosis, but was afebrile. He continued to develop new lesions despite initiation of antibiotics at presentation. Workup was negative for herpes simplex virus (HSV), epstein-barr virus (EBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Syphilis. A workup was initiated to rule out underlying vasculitis or vasculopathy , this was also negative. A shave-biopsy of an ulcer edge demonstrated an area of dermal necrosis associated with dense neutrophilic inflammation, hemorrhage, and intravascular thrombosis. A diagnosis of Juvenile Gangrenous Vasculitis of the Scrotum (JGVS) was made. He was treated with oral prednisone and immediately stopped developing new ulcers and showed complete resolution after 6 weeks of therapy (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Black Ulcers on Scrotum

Black Ulcers on Scrotum


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