• Parastomal complications;
  • pyoderma gangrenosum;
  • Crohn's disease;
  • tacrolimus


Introduction  Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare idiopathic skin disorder associated with other diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease. The commonest site is the skin, but sometimes it can occur in the parastomal region. Most of these cases respond to treatment with systemic corticosteroids and cyclosporin or local Kenalog injections.

Methods  The following are two cases of parastomal pyoderma in patients not responding to the standard measures. These patients were treated with topical tacrolimus.

Results  These patients showed dramatic improvement in one week with complete resolution and re-epithelialization of skin within two weeks.

Conclusion  Pyoderma gangrenosum is a difficult problem to manage and its early resolution is important. In these two reported cases, the improvement was dramatic, therefore topical tacrolimus should be considered early in the management.