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Post-surgical pyoderma gangrenosum of the breast: needs for early diagnosis and right therapy

  • Giorgia Guaitoli
  • Federico PiacentiniEmail author
  • Claudia Omarini
  • Alessia Andreotti
  • Enza Palma
  • Simona Papi
  • Chiara De Pietri
  • Andrea Conti
  • Stefano Cascinu
  • Giovanni Tazzioli
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Abstract

Post-surgical pyoderma gangrenosum (PSPG) of the breast is a rare dermatosis that worsens surgical manipulation, with a chronical relapsing course. Diagnosis is mostly clinical and made by exclusion after the failure of antibiotic therapies and surgical debridement, while the mainstay of therapy is corticosteroid-based. Here we report a case of PSPG of the breast in a young woman with breast cancer, to emphasize the needs of an early and accurate diagnosis, to guarantee the most efficacious treatment and to avoid life-threatening complications.

Keywords

Pyoderma gangrenosum Breast cancer Breast surgery 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

All the authors declare no relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript.

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© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgia Guaitoli
    • 1
  • Federico Piacentini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claudia Omarini
    • 1
  • Alessia Andreotti
    • 2
  • Enza Palma
    • 2
  • Simona Papi
    • 2
  • Chiara De Pietri
    • 2
  • Andrea Conti
    • 3
  • Stefano Cascinu
    • 1
  • Giovanni Tazzioli
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences for Children and AdultsUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Oncologic Breast Surgery Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences for Children and AdultsUniversity Hospital of ModenaModenaItaly
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital of ModenaModenaItaly

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