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Diagnosis and management of hidradenitis suppurativa.

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Published:23rd Apr 2013
Author: Collier F, Smith RC, Morton CA.
Source: The BMJ
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Ref.:BMJ. 2013 Apr 23;346:f2121.

Summary points:

  • Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic condition that presents as persistent or recurrent boils in the groin, axillae, and other apocrine bearing sites

  • Disease progresses to scarring and sinus formation in some cases

  • Mild cases are best managed by trying to reduce risk factors and tailored medical management

  • More severe cases require liaison between dermatologist, general practitioner, and surgeon for optimal treatment

  • Repeated simple incision and drainage rarely result in resolution of lesions and should not be the only treatment

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