A case-control study of hidradenitis suppurativa in an STD population

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Jemec GB, Heidenheim M, Nielsen NH

The prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa has been found to be higher among patients attending an STD clinic than in an unselected general population sample. The aetiology of hidradenitis in unknown, but an association with chlamydial infections has been suggested for perineal lesions. Our aim was to describe the history of STD, STD risk factors and possible current STD in patients with hidradenitis. A case-control study comparing patients with hidradenitis (20) and controls (60) was therefore made in patients attending an STD clinic. Genital HPV infection was found to be more common in patients with hidradenitis (p = 0.036), but no differences were seen in the history of STD, STD risk behaviour or other current STD between the two groups studied. HPV infection appears to be the only STD which is more common in hidradenitis patients, but the biological significance of this finding is not clear. It is speculated that common predisposing factors may be responsible. We were unable to support the previously postulated association between Chlamydia trachomatis infection and hidradenitis.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Acta dermato-venereologica
Journal Abbreviation: Acta Derm. Venereol.
Journal Date Published: 1997-04-03

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 8982418
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8982418
Lasted Revision: 2004-11-17

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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