Ecthyma gangrenosum skin lesions in previously healthy children

Neta Cohen, Tali Capua, Efraim Bilavsky, Hila Dias-Polak, Dror Levin, Galia Grisaru-Soen*

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Ecthyma gangrenosum (EG) is an uncommon skin lesion that usually develops in patients with known immune deficiency or who are on immunosuppressive treatment. We report on five previously healthy children presenting with EG. Three of them developed severe neutropaenia. Immunologic work-up revealed chronic neutropaenia in two. Conclusion Recognition of EG is essential for providing early appropriate empiric antibiotic treatment. An immunologic work-up should be done, although a concomitant viral infection can be the predisposing factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e134-e138
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015


  • Ecthyma gangrenosum
  • Healthy children
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Skin lesions


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