Anaerobic axillary abscess

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Leach RD, Eykyn SJ, Phillips I, Corrin B, Taylor EA

Fifty-two patients with axillary abscesses were seen during two years. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from 34, anaerobic bacteria from 12, and skin flora from five; in one case the pus was sterile. Seven patients with hidradenitis suppurativa had recurrent infection with abscess formation, which was bilateral in three. Anaerobes were isolated in five of these cases and skin flora alone in two. Anaerobes are secondary invaders in this condition, and histological examination shows that the primary abnormality is obstruction of pilosebaceous follicles and apocrine glands, associated with keratin plugging of the follicles. Chemotherapy offers little hope of cure, although metronidazole removes the offensive smell of the discharge. Radical surgery is usually indicated.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: British medical journal
Journal Abbreviation: Br Med J
Journal Date Published: 1979-10-26

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 466270
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2009-11-18

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


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