Author(s): Rasker SP, Welvaart K
An obese woman aged 18 years had been suffering for several years from axillary hidradenitis suppurativa. Repeated incision and drainage never gave lasting results and the patient became socially isolated. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic suppurative inflammation of skin areas containing apocrine glands: the skin of the axillae, of the breasts and of the anogenital region. Treatment in the first instance consists of general hygienic measures. Pharmaceuticals used include antibiotics, antiandrogens and oestrogens. Surgery is performed when the condition is at an advanced stage, with cellulitis and scarring; ample excision is necessary to reduce the risk of recurrence. CO2 laser therapy is a new method of treatment that shows good results in incipient and advanced lesions.
Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher
Journal Name: Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde
Journal Abbreviation: Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd
Journal Date Published: 1998-06-25
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9542883
Lasted Revision: 2007-11-15
Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).