Diagnosing and Managing Hidradenitis Suppurativa in Pediatrics

Pediatr Ann. 2022 Mar;51(3):e123-e127. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20220222-02. Epub 2022 Mar 1.


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a debilitating chronic inflammatory skin disease that presents as exquisitely tender abscesses, draining fistulae, and sinus tracts. HS can lead to significant impairments in patients' quality of life, especially for children and adolescents who face challenges related to self-esteem and physical and emotional development. Severe long-term physical sequelae of inadequately treated HS include extensive scarring, urogenital strictures, immobility, and squamous cell carcinoma; emotional sequelae include depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Many of the devastating long-term sequelae associated with HS can be prevented with early recognition and proper collaborative management. This article reviews strategies to aid pediatricians in early diagnosis of HS and provides clinical pearls for management and prevention of disease flares. [Pediatr Ann. 2022;51(3):e123-e127.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell*
  • Child
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / complications
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / diagnosis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Pediatrics*
  • Quality of Life