The list of comorbidities associated with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is extensive, although these diseases do not necessarily share a common causality. Among the categories of comorbidities that are observed are obesity, other skin diseases, inflammatory conditions, and genetic disorders. Complications include scarring, restricted movement resulting from scarring and fibrosis in underlying tissue, conditions associated with obstructed lymph drainage, and psychosocial issues. Adverse effects on quality of life are common and may be severe, including unemployment, deterioration of family and other social relationships, and suicidal ideation. Clinical intervention for HS must include consideration and attention to these comorbidities and complications.
Keywords: Comorbidities; dermatologic diseases; hidradenitis suppurativa; immune-mediated inflammatory diseases; obesity.
2014 published by Frontline Medical Communications.