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Pyoderma gangrenosum-like ulcer caused by Helicobacter cinaedi in a patient with x-linked agammaglobulinaemia.
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PMID:  22439627     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Cutaneous lesions of the legs have been linked to Helicobacter species in a number of patients with X-linked agammaglobulinaemia (XLA), a primary immunodeficiency. We describe a 26-year-old patient with XLA, who was referred with an extensive skin ulcer that enlarged gradually over the course of 7 years. The ulcer resembled pyoderma gangrenosum (PG), and extended from below the knee to the ankle. The man (who has sex with men) was negative for human immunodeficiency virus. Helicobacter cinaedi was identified by 16S ribosomal (r)DNA PCR analysis from a biopsy of the lesion. This fastidious organism has been implicated previously in causing unexplained skin macules in one other patient with XLA. We suggest that early consideration of infection with Helicobacter species in immunocompromised patients who present with unexplained cutaneous lesions is important, as a prolonged antibiotic course can lead to clinical improvement.
J Dua; E Elliot; P Bright; S Grigoriadou; R Bull; M Millar; N Wijesuriya; H J Longhurst
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental dermatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2230     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7606847     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Dermatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© The Author(s). CED © 2012 British Association of Dermatologists.
Departments of Immunology,*Dermatology, †Microbiology, and ‡Histopathology, Barts and the London NHS Trust, London, UK.
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