We present a case of a 44-year-old male with pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) presenting simultaneously with diagnosis of acute leukemia. His skin disease was stabilized with corticosteroids and most lesions cleared after chemotherapy-induced remission of the malignancy, but the largest lesion remained necrotic. Surgical treatment of the large necrotic ulcer included debridement followed by split-thickness skin graft while maintaining corticoid therapy. Unfortunately, relapse of the pyoderma gangrenosum with bullous lesions heralded relapse of the ultimately fatal malignancy. This case illustrates: (1) PG presenting simultaneously with a haematologic malignancy (2) Relapse with atypical bullous lesions with return of the malignancy and (3) The use of surgical modalities in managing patients with PG, a disease notorious for surgical complications.
Acta clinica Belgica 01/2010; 65(1):37-40. DOI:10.1179/acb.2010.005 · 0.59 Impact Factor