Hidradenitis suppurativa

Dermatol Clin. 2010 Oct;28(4):779-93. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2010.07.003.


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory, scarring condition involving the intertriginous skin of the axillary, inguinal, inframammary, genital, and perineal areas of the body. It is also referred to as acne inversa and Verneuil disease. Follicular occlusion is the primary event in HS. It is now accepted that the first pathogenetic change is in the pilosebaceous follicular ducts, like acne, and so there has been a move to rename this disorder acne inversa. Despite the legitimate argument that hidradenitis suppurativa is a misnomer, the term has become generally accepted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Androgen Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diet Therapy
  • Female
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / diagnosis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / epidemiology
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / etiology
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life
  • Retinoids / therapeutic use
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / methods
  • Therapies, Investigational


  • Androgen Antagonists
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Retinoids