Hidradenitis suppurativa: An update on connecting the tracts

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

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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
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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


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