Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Plastic Surgery, Dermatology


Nancy Reid


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also known as acne inversa, is an inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous-apocrine units of the skin, resulting in deep-seated nodules, intermittent draining abscesses, hypertrophic scarring, and dermal tunneling. This chronic disease is associated with numerous comorbidities, such as obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and psychological disorders. Although medical investigation continues to unearth information about causes and therapies for HS, this debilitating disease is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, resulting in delayed or insufficient treatment. Healthcare providers must be able to recognize, diagnose, and appropriately manage patients presenting with HS.


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