Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is an ulcerating noninfectious disease of the skin seen in 1-2% of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The pathogenesis of PG has yet to be determined, but may be related to abnormal T cell responses and the production of TNF-α, a pathway also involved in IBD pathogenesis. Infliximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody to TNF-α, is used to treat moderate to severe IBD and several case reports and studies suggest the efficacy of infliximab in the treatment of PG. The surgical approach to PG is reserved to a few selected cases. We report here the case of a patient with ulcerative colitis (UC) and PG localized on the left breast, treated with a simultaneous combined medical and surgical approach.

A case of pyoderma gangrenosum with ulcerative colitis treated with combined approach: infliximab and surgery

Armuzzi, Alessandro
2013

Abstract

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is an ulcerating noninfectious disease of the skin seen in 1-2% of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The pathogenesis of PG has yet to be determined, but may be related to abnormal T cell responses and the production of TNF-α, a pathway also involved in IBD pathogenesis. Infliximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody to TNF-α, is used to treat moderate to severe IBD and several case reports and studies suggest the efficacy of infliximab in the treatment of PG. The surgical approach to PG is reserved to a few selected cases. We report here the case of a patient with ulcerative colitis (UC) and PG localized on the left breast, treated with a simultaneous combined medical and surgical approach.
Aged
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Non-Steroidal
Antibodies
Monoclonal
Colitis
Ulcerative
Combined Modality Therapy
Humans
Male
Pyoderma Gangrenosum
Skin Transplantation
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