Author(s): Sehgal VN, Verma P, Sawant S, Paul M
Hidradenitis suppurativa, a chronic recurrent disorder, characterized by painful, deep-seated nodules and abscesses commonly affecting the pilosebaceous-apocrine unit of the axillary, inguinal and mammary region in females, while the perianal area and buttocks are the prevalent sites in males. Its onset is after puberty, and may persist thereafter. Its exact aetiology is speculative. Follicular occlusion is the primary event leading to secondary inflammation, infection and destruction of the unit, ultimately affecting the adjoining subcutaneous tissue. Smoking and obesity may trigger or aggravate the condition. Stage of disease determines the mode of treatment. Medical treatment is valid in the early stage, but the results are transient. The early stage may warrant incision, and drainage of abscesses coupled with limited excision for locally recurring draining sinuses. While radical excision and healing with secondary intention, skin grafting, and flaps is recommended in advanced stages, laser therapy including the diode laser may prove a promising and innovative alternative.
Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher
Journal Name: Journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Journal Abbreviation: J Cosmet Laser Ther
Journal Date Published: 2011-07-11
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21714587
Lasted Revision: 2011-07-11
Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).