Infection mimicking skin condition: pyoderma gangrenosum

Ellen Burlage, Janneke W.C.M. Mulder, Jorm M. Nellensteijn, Adelgunde V.C.M. Zeegers*

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The a priori risk of infection is high when a patient presents with an ulcerative skin condition and elevated inflammatory parameters. If the ulceration is progressive despite adequate antibiotic therapy and tissue cultures are negative, pyoderma gangrenosum should be considered as the diagnosis. This rare infection mimicking skin condition can develop and worsen due to surgery. In this paper, we report two cases that illustrate the importance of making this clinical diagnosis in a timely manner in order to avoid unnecessary surgical interventions and worsening of the clinical picture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number247770
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2022

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