Fournier's gangrene is a relatively rare, mixed aerobic and anaerobic soft tissue infection in the perineoscrotal area. Although it is convenient to give it a separate name, it is really either necrotizing fasciitis or nonclostridial myonecrosis of the scrotal and perineal areas. The condition frequently develops from perianal diseases, including perianal abscess, anal fistulas, inflamed haemorrhoids and indwelling urethral catheter. In patients with Fournier's gangrene morbidity is extreme and mortality gangrene morbidity is extreme and mortality high. This article is based on a retrospective study of 15 cases of Fournier's gangrene, 13 in male and 2 in female patients. A combination of surgery and antibiotics was used to treat 9 patients. The last 6 cases were treated with a combination of surgery, antibiotics and hyperbaric oxygen. In 13 cases, the diagnosis was made on the basis of the fulminating progression of the infection to a scrotal gangrene, identification of multiple underlying pathogenic organisms and toxaemia. In the 2 female patients, a similar infection developed in the labia majora and perineum and extended to the buttocks and the anterior abdominal wall.