Hidradenitis suppurativa and zinc: a new therapeutic approach. A pilot study

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research


Author(s): Brocard A, Knol AC, Khammari A, Dréno B

BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (Verneuil’s disease) is a chronic suppurative dermatosis involving apocrine glands with a severe impact on the quality of life, which is enhanced by the fact that the drugs usually prescribed are poorly effective.

OBJECTIVE: We discuss a new therapeutic approach based on zinc salts.

METHODS: We performed a pilot study on 22 patients, mainly from grade I or II in Hurley’s classification. All included patients had previously been prescribed a treatment (antibiotic, isotretinoin, surgery or anti-androgens), which was inefficient. They were then treated with 90 mg of zinc gluconate per day (15 mg zinc per Rubozinc capsule).

RESULTS: We observed a clinical response in all patients, with 8 complete remissions (CR) and 14 partial remissions (PR). When CR was obtained, the treatment was progressively decreased (average of 3.5 capsules/day); 4/22 patients experienced side-effects, mainly gastro-intestinal.

CONCLUSION: Zinc salts could provide a new therapeutic alternative for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.


Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland)
Journal Abbreviation: Dermatology (Basel)
Journal Date Published: 2007-04-26


National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 17460404
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17460404
Lasted Revision: 2012-11-15


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


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