Intralesional steroid therapy of pyoderma gangrenosum

J Clin Gastroenterol. 1985 Dec;7(6):499-501. doi: 10.1097/00004836-198512000-00011.


Treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum complicating ulcerative colitis has in the past been frustrating and usually unsuccessful, frequently resulting in colectomy. Intralesional steroid therapy has been used off and on in a few patients, but the treatment is not widely known to gastroenterologists. We report two patients successfully treated for early pyoderma gangrenosum by intralesional injection of triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog, 40 mg injection) together with conventional doses of systemic steroids. A single series of injections was sufficient to bring about healing of the lesions in both patients. The treatment permitted early discharge of patients from the hospital, and the skin lesions were completely healed within 2 months. The lesions have not recurred in follow-up examinations of 11/2 and 21/2 years, respectively. We hope that other physicians will find this approach equally effective.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / complications*
  • Female
  • Gangrene
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use*
  • Pyoderma / drug therapy*
  • Pyoderma / etiology
  • Pyoderma / pathology
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide / administration & dosage
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide / therapeutic use*


  • Triamcinolone Acetonide
  • Methylprednisolone