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Pyoderma Gangrenosum Mimicking Postoperative Infection in the Extremities. A Report of Two Cases*
CRAIG R. BENNETT, M.D.†; MICHAEL E. BRAGE, M.D.‡; DANIEL P. MASS, M.D.§, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
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Investigation performed at the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1999 Jul 01;81(7):1013-18
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Pyoderma gangrenosum is an uncommon skin disorder involving ulcerations and necrosis that may occur following an operation and mimic a postoperative infection. We report on two patients who had pyoderma gangrenosum that was not diagnosed initially. Both patients were managed with repeated operative débridement because of a suspected postoperative infection. The diagnosis of pyoderma gangrenosum was eventually established; however, this disorder is not commonly treated by orthopaedic surgeons and is often initially misdiagnosed.
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