[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Clinical Note
January 2007

Pyoderma Gangrenosum in the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Dr Wittekindt is now with the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133(1):83-85. doi:10.1001/archotol.133.1.83

Ulcerative pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is defined as a skin gangrene with crumbling, greasy ulcerations lacking a microbiological genesis. In approximately 12% of cases of chronically nonhealing wounds, PG is reported to be the cause.1 It is a dermatosis and a noninfectious inflammatory skin disease with an immunological background.2,3 The appearance of PG in the area of the head and neck is rare and may well be misdiagnosed.