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Atypical bullous pyoderma gangrenosum associated with myeloid malignancies.
  1. C R Hay,
  2. A G Messenger,
  3. D W Cotton,
  4. S S Bleehen,
  5. D A Winfield


    Atypical bullous pyoderma gangrenosum was diagnosed during the course of a myeloid malignancy in three patients. One patient had chronic myeloid leukaemia, one acute myeloid leukaemia, and the third, refractory anaemia with excess of blasts. This atypical form of pyoderma gangrenosum has been specifically associated with myeloid malignancies. The atypical appearance of the skin lesions and the clinical context in which they arose caused the true diagnosis to be delayed in all cases. Treatment with steroids was associated with rapid healing of the skin lesion. The histopathological changes in the skin biopsy specimens from these cases were non-specific, and although the histology was considered to be atypical of pyoderma gangrenosum in one case, the unusual features could be attributed to the patient's neutropenia. (Skin biopsy was performed to exclude other specific pathology). Atypical bullous pyoderma gangrenosum is an uncommon association of the myeloid malignancies. It may remain unrecognised and should be considered more often.

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