Hidradenitis suppurativa: an update on connecting the tracts

F1000Res. 2017 Jul 28:6:1272. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.11337.1. eCollection 2017.


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.

Keywords: comorbidities; hidradenitis suppurativa; mental health; pathophysiology; sexual health; treatment; update.

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