Hidradenitis suppurativa is characterized by:
Hidradenitis suppurativa commonly occurs in areas near hair follicles where there are many oil and sweat glands; places like the armpit, groin and anal area. It can also occur in areas where skin rubs together, including the inner thighs, under the breasts, and between the buttocks.
This condition most often presents after puberty and can persist for years, worsening over time. Three stages of disease have been described which progress from single or localized abscesses accompanied by itching or discomfort, to recurrent abscesses that occur in multiple locations, to widespread severe disease that can restrict movement, obstruct lymph drainage and lead to social isolation.
|Signs and Symptoms||Approximate number of patients (when available)|
|Recurrent cutaneous abscess formation||90%|
|Abnormality of temperature regulation||50%|
|Atypical scarring of skin||50%|
|Neoplasm of the skin||7.5%|
|Autosomal dominant inheritance||-|
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