Pyoderma gangrenosum in primary care setting: the challenges involved

J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2018 Apr 17;8(2):57-59. doi: 10.1080/20009666.2018.1452518. eCollection 2018.


This article aims at raising clinical awareness about pyoderma gangrenosum especially when presenting in primary care settings. Due to its initial manifestation as a nonspecific ulcer, physicians with relatively less dermatology experience usually misdiagnose PG as cutaneous infection or vascular disease. This usually leads to inappropriate treatment with subsequent worsening of condition and devastating effects on patients' lives.

Keywords: Pyoderma gangrenosum; immunosuppression; inflammatory disorder; neutrophilic dermatosis; primary care setting; skin biopsy; systemic disease; ulcer.

Publication types

  • Review