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Ecthyma in Adult
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Contributors: Noah Craft MD, PhD, Lindy P. Fox MD, Susan Burgin MD
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Synopsis

Ecthyma is an ulcerative bacterial skin infection caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococci and often secondarily associated with staphylococci. As ecthyma often begins superficially and extends into the dermis, it is often referred to as a deeper form of impetigo. Unlike impetigo, which only affects the stratum corneum, ecthyma extends into the dermis and results in a scar.

Clinically, the lesions of ecthyma appear as vesicles or pustules that ulcerate and crust over. The lower extremities are sites of predilection.

Immunosuppression, poor hygiene, overcrowding, malnutrition, humidity, and pre-existing trauma to the tissues all predispose one to infection. It has also been seen on the lower legs of military trainees in tropical climates. It is more common at the extremes of age.

Codes

ICD10CM:
L08.0 – Pyoderma

SNOMEDCT:
85791004 – Ecthyma

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Last Reviewed: 08/22/2019
Last Updated: 09/17/2019
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Ecthyma : Buttocks, Crust, Skin ulcer, Lower legs, Thighs
Clinical image of Ecthyma
A close-up of a large eroded, ulcerated, and crusted plaque.
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