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A confounding clinically aggressive case of necrotizing granulomatous and suppurative dermatitis


Superficial granulomatous pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, superficial, vegetating form of pyoderma gangrenosum that tends to occur as a single lesion, most commonly on the trunk. Herein, we report a clinically confounding case of disseminated superficial granulomatous pyoderma gangrenosum in a patient with a 5-year history of painful and chronic ulcerations of the bilateral upper extremities and face in a sun exposed distribution. This was a diagnostically challenging case due to the treatment-refractory nature of our patient's skin lesions and the atypical clinical and histologic presentations encountered. We review our clinical decision process and acknowledge other entities that were considered during the clinical course of this case. Additionally, we discuss the lack of responsiveness to various treatment options with eventual successful clearance of this patient's active skin disease with initiation of adalimumab.

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