Journal articlesPyoderma gangrenosum: a diagnosis not to be missed

Pyoderma gangrenosum: a diagnosis not to be missed

01/11/05 | Assessment and diagnosis | Martyn Butcher

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare, painful, non-infectious, ulcerative, inflammatory skin condition. Clinicians need to be aware of PG because if the condition is incorrectly managed, it can lead to extensive tissue damage. Diagnosis is made largely on clinical appearance, from the patient history and from the exclusion of other possible diagnoses. Management requires a multidisciplinary approach as systemic therapies are often required to avoid the spread of the disease and to achieve wound healing. PG is often associated with underlying systemic disease, but can also be found in isolation, as the case study in this article highlights.