Pyoderma gangrenosum after reduction mammaplasty in an otherwise healthy patient

Scott D. Lifchez, David L. Larson

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Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare postoperative complication of plastic surgery of the breast. Initial signs and symptoms resemble those of infection, and antimicrobial therapy is usually initiated and fails before considering PG as a diagnosis. Therapy consists of immune modulators, and use of corticosteroids is frequent, as is local wound care. Sufficiently small wounds are allow to heal secondarily, but larger wounds require coverage with either skin grafts or flaps. Long-term (1 year or more) postoperative surveillance is necessary because late failure of the graft or flap can occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-413
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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