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How common is sepsis with ecthyma gangrenosum?

How common is sepsis with ecthyma gangrenosum?

Very rare: I have never taken care of a patient with this despite working in an ICU for 7 years at a major referral center. There not even any case series published - just case reports, indicating that no one has been able to even accumulate enough cases at one institution to document more than a few. ...Read more

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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Is ecthyma gangrenosum common in children?

Is ecthyma gangrenosum common in children?

No: I have not seen a single case of ecthyma gangrenosum in the past 12 years taking care of children full time. So no i don't believe it is common at all. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics the safest ways to treat ecthyma gangrenosum?

Are antibiotics the safest ways to treat ecthyma gangrenosum?

Infection: Ecthyma gangrenosum is an infection that is related to pseudomonas aeroginosa, and sepsis related to this bacteria the best mechanism to treat this infection is with antibiotics. Interestingly enough, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also effective, since the high oxygen levels destroys the bacterial toxin. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

To a certain extent: Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected. Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care. ...Read more

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I believe I have pyoderma gangrenosum. Open ulcer on back for 6 months. 4 different antibiotics. 3 differenct doctors. Culture now negative. worse!

I believe I have pyoderma gangrenosum.  Open ulcer on back for 6 months.
4 different antibiotics.  3 differenct doctors.  Culture now negative. worse!

Wound Care Center: You have a chronic wound. Wounds can be hard to treat and many things can affect their healing. Do you have a wound care center at your hospital or near you? I would recommend you see a wound care specialist. ...Read more

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Do you know about pyoderma gangrenosum ?

Do you know about pyoderma gangrenosum ?

Pyoderma Gangrenosum: Pyoderma Gangrenosum is believed to be auto-immune in nature and typically resonds well to high dose steroid medication. Generally wounds appear on the legs or arms. Folks commonly other auto-immune diseases like Rhuematoid Arthritis. Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, etc. Occasionally this may require hospitalization or management at a wound center. Definately see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pyo derma gangrenosum?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pyo derma gangrenosum?

Pyoderma gangrenosum: PG is a painful form of spontaneous skin ulceration. You kind find out more at http://www.dermnetnz.org/reactions/pyoderma-gangrenosum.html. ...Read more

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Would you consider ecthyma easily (visually) identifiable by a family MD?

Would you consider ecthyma easily (visually) identifiable by a family MD?

Depends: Its a good start to see your doctor and voice your concerns. Any skin rash, redness, infection can be difficult even for the skin specialists. Its best to see your doctor for a full history and exam. Feel free to tell them what you were thinking! ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more