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Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. It is usually a result of an autoimmune disorder, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. It is usually a result of an autoimmune disorder, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Pyoderma gangrenosum (pie-o-DUR-muh gang-ruh-NO-sum) is a rare condition that causes large, painful sores (ulcers) to develop on your skin, most often on your legs. It is a condition that causes tissue to become necrotic, causing deep ulcers tha can lead to chronic wounds. The ulcers usually initially look like small bug bites or papules, and they progress to larger ulcers.

No one knows exactly what causes pyoderma gangrenosum, but it appears to be a disorder of the immune system. People who have certain underlying conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis, are at higher risk of pyoderma gangrenosum.

Because they look like small bug bites, they are often misdiagnosed.

Pyoderma Gangrenosum Treatment

In patients with an associated, underlying disease, effective therapy for the associated condition may be linked to a control of the surface skin as well.

Topical therapies include gentle local wound care and dressings and sometime very potent topical corticosteroids either given orally or intravenously. 

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