Article Abstract

Pyoderma gangrenosum following autologous breast reconstruction

Authors: Prateush Singh, Sami H. Tuffaha, Sanford H. Robbins, Steven C. Bonawitz


Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is an uncommon disorder characterized by the development of painful cutaneous ulceration, commonly precipitated by dermal injury at surgical sites. It is a diagnostic challenge as it manifests as necrotizing wounds which are commonly misdiagnosed as postoperative wound infection or ischemia. We discuss the clinical features and histopathological findings that allow for rapid identification of PG following autologous breast reconstruction and suggest an algorithm to aid diagnosis.