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Ecthyma Gangrenosum

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Variant of vasculitis seen in patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa septicaemia. Erythematous or purpuric macules develop into haemorrhagic bullae, which rupture, resulting in a punched-out ulcer with a dense black depressed centre and raised edges. Patients are likely to have an underlying condition, such as cancer, immunodeficiency syndrome, extensive burns, and malnutrition.

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Ecthyma Gangrenosum

UMLS

Ecthyma gangrenosum, Ecthyma, gangrenosum

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