Rare skin condition linked to Crohn’s disease

Rare skin condition linked to Crohn’s diseasePatients with a rare chronic skin condition called hidradenitis suppurativa may be at risk for developing Crohn’s disease, according to new research published in JAMA Dermatology.

Characterized by small, painful lumps under the skin, typically in areas like the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts, hidradenitis suppurativa shares clinical features with Crohn’s disease, and previous data from studies have suggested the two conditions may be linked.

To assess the prevalence of Crohn’s disease among patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, and the association between the two conditions, investigators from the department of dermatology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, New Hyde Park, New York, performed a cross-sectional analysis of electronic health records data on 51,340 patients with hidradenitis suppurativa in the U.S., 35,000 of whom were women, and more than half of whom were aged 18 to 44 years.

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