Hidradenitis suppurativa: An update on connecting the tracts

Iltefat H. Hamzavi, Mallory K. Smith, Cynthia L. Nicholson, Angela Parks-Miller

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Abstract

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a devastating disease involving abscesses, sinus tracts, and inflammation classically affecting the axilla, groin, and/or anogenital region. Although the disease pathogenesis is not fully understood, recent advances suggest that HS pathology runs much deeper than the cutaneous manifestations. It is now believed that HS is a systemic inflammatory disease that gives rise to the characteristic cutaneous manifestations. This disease is problematic for both patients and physicians to manage because of a variety of diagnostic and management difficulties. This article seeks to provide updates on the current understanding of HS to increase awareness and improve management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1272
JournalF1000Research
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Smith MK et al.

Keywords

  • Comorbidities
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa
  • Mental health
  • Pathophysiology
  • Sexual health
  • Treatment
  • Update

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