Hidradenitis suppurativa in 64 female patients: retrospective study comparing oral antibiotics and antiandrogen therapy

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research


Author(s): Kraft JN, Searles GE

BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a recurrent disease confined to apocrine gland-bearing areas causing painful, deep-seated lesions and draining sinus tracts. Uniformly effective therapy is lacking. Improvements in current medical management strategies are needed.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the success rate for a variety of treatments in our female HS patients and whether androgen-related tests can predict a response to antiandrogen therapy. As HS has been linked to a hyperandrogen state, we sought to determine if it is also associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed examining hormonal profiles and the response to a variety of treatments in female patients with HS.

RESULTS: Sixty-four female HS patients were identified (mean age 33 years). Antiandrogen therapy was superior to oral antibiotic therapy (55% vs 26%) based on a two-sample, two-sided, t-test statistic (p < .04). The prevalence of PCOS among our study patients in whom androgen markers were available was 8 of 21 (38.1%), and even if taken over all study patients, not necessarily investigated for PCOS, the prevalence was 8 of 64 (12.5%). This reflects a greater than expected prevalence among all women (10%).

CONCLUSION: As a proof-of-concept study, despite limitations inherent in a retrospective chart review, there is sufficient signal to suggest that a hormonal manipulation approach to therapy should be considered in all women presenting with HS. Female patients presenting with HS should prompt investigations for underlying PCOS and insulin resistance.


Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery
Journal Abbreviation: J Cutan Med Surg
Journal Date Published: 2007-07-02


National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 17601419
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17601419
Lasted Revision: 2017-02-14


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


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