A BIBLIOMETRIC STUDY ON FOURNIER'S GANGRENE RESEARCH
Objective: Fournier’s gangrene (FG) is a progressive necrotizing soft-tissue infection of the external genitalia and perineum. Early recognition of the disease is essential to reduce high morbidity and mortality rates. Bibliometric research aims to reveal the content and citations of the journal articles to show scientific metrics of published data. Our aim in this study is to analyze the publications on FG and to add a new perspective for researchers.
Materials and Methods: The bibliometric analysis method was used in this study. The keywords ‘Fournier’s’ or ‘scrotum’ and ‘gangrene’ or ‘spontaneous gangrene’ were entered in the title search bar. The search was done in English. The articles were sorted by author, journal, country, affiliation, publication date, and citations. All study data were given in percentages, and numbers.
Results: 1297 publications were found, 1062 (81.88%) were articles. The number of publications increased in recent years, reaching its peak in 2020. Most of the articles were written in English. The articles were from 80 countries. Most of the articles were in the fields of medicine (n=103) and nursing (n=23).
The highest number of articles on Fournier’s gangrene appeared in the Urology journals. The most cited article is by Laor et al.
Conclusion: FG is an attractive surgical topic in the literature. Various publications from different countries resulted in an increased body of knowledge and experience. Although the management of FG involves many surgical specialties, urologists have a more prominent role in terms of publications.
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