BACKGROUND. Commonly used treatments for pyoderma gangrenosum are medical, with immunosuppressive agents employed most often. OBJECTIVE. To report a case and discuss the indications for radical surgical treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum. METHODS. Analysis of a case of Crohn's disease-associated pyoderma gangrenosum treated with immunosuppression followed by amputation, and a review of the literature on surgical management of pyoderma gangrenosum. RESULTS. In unstable patients with intractable multiple medical problems, surgical treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum may be indicated by the existence of these life-threatening comorbidities. The recent literature suggests that surgical management of pyoderma gangrenosum may also be appropriate in other special circumstances. CONCLUSIONS. Surgical management, including amputation, may have a role in the management of pyoderma gangrenosum. Further research is needed to delineate precisely the circumstances and patient factors that are appropriate indications for such surgery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Nov 25 2000|
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