Idiopathic recurrent palmoplantar hidradenitis in children. Report of 22 cases

Arch Dermatol. 1998 Jan;134(1):76-9. doi: 10.1001/archderm.134.1.76.


Background: Idiopathic recurrent palmoplantar hidradenitis (IRPH) is characterized by tender erythematous plaques and nodules on the soles and, less often, the palms of young patients. To date, 10 cases of IRPH have been documented in the literature.

Observations: We describe 22 pediatric patients with characteristic cutaneous and histologic findings of IRPH. Their mean age was 6 years (age range, 1.5-15 years). The onset of the disease clustered in 2 peaks, in autumn and spring. All patients had complete resolution of their lesions within 3 weeks, in 16 cases without any treatment. Ten of the 22 patients experienced more than 1 episode of IRPH.

Conclusions: Our study represents the largest number of cases of IRPH collected to date. Based on our data, the clinical picture is so characteristic that a histopathologic examination may not be necessary in every case. We suggest that there is a seasonality in the occurrence of this always benign and limited disease.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eccrine Glands / pathology
  • Female
  • Foot Dermatoses / drug therapy
  • Foot Dermatoses / pathology
  • Foot Dermatoses / physiopathology*
  • Hand Dermatoses / drug therapy
  • Hand Dermatoses / pathology
  • Hand Dermatoses / physiopathology*
  • Hidradenitis / drug therapy
  • Hidradenitis / pathology
  • Hidradenitis / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Neutrophils / pathology
  • Recurrence
  • Remission Induction
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Seasons


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal