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Reproductive Health

, 3:9

First Online: 22 August 2006Received: 05 May 2006Accepted: 22 August 2006DOI: 10.1186-1742-4755-3-9

Cite this article as: Banga, F., Schuitemaker, N. & Meijer, P. Reprod Health 2006 3: 9. doi:10.1186-1742-4755-3-9


BackgroundPyoderma gangrenosum is a rare ulcerative skin disease. The diagnosis is based on clinical features and excluding other causes of skin ulcers, as it does not have characteristic histopathology or laboratory findings. The etiology is poorly understood. Lesions can develop spontaneously, after surgery or after trauma.

Case presentationWe present the case of a 32-year-old woman with ulcerative wound defect after caesarean section. The wound was not healing despite standard wound care and antibiotic treatment. Pyoderma gangrenosum was diagnosed and after high dose corticosteroids wound healing started.

ConclusionEarly diagnosis and subsequent treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum are crucial for limiting scar tissue. Diagnosis of pyoderma gangrenosum could easily be missed since gynaecologists are rarely confronted with this disorder.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1742-4755-3-9 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Franyke Banga - Nico Schuitemaker - Piet Meijer


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