Ultrasound in-depth characterization and staging of hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research


Author(s): Wortsman X, Moreno C, Soto R, Arellano J, Pezo C, Wortsman J

BACKGROUND: The clinical diagnosis of fistulous tracts and recurrent fluid collections in hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) may be complex. Information on subclinical involvement and grading of severity may improve management.

OBJECTIVE: To study HS lesions and evaluate the relevance of adding ultrasound (US) to the clinical examination.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: We reviewed the sonograms of consecutive patients with HS from January 1, 2010 to May 31, 2012. The abnormalities observed in the US examinations were organized, classified, and integrated into a clinical-sonographic scoring system (SOS-HS), to stage the disease.

RESULTS: Thirty-four patients with HS with a total of 142 lesional areas were evaluated. US findings included subclinical fluid collections in 76.4% of the patients, fistulous tracts in 29.4%, dermal pseudocysts in 70.6%, and widening of the hair follicles in 100%. Concordance with the clinical HS scoring performed by dermatologists showed a significant fair agreement (k = 0.30; p < .001); concordance of SOS-HS with clinical scores was acceptable but significantly lower (k = 0.27; p = .02) because clinical scores consistently underestimated disease stage and severity.

CONCLUSION: US examination of HS lesions provides anatomic information that is clinically unavailable. HS is possible to stage sonographically.


Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
Journal Abbreviation: Dermatol Surg
Journal Date Published: 2013-12-04


National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 24118433
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24118433
Lasted Revision: 2016-11-28


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


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