Fast Five Quiz: Hidradenitis Suppurativa

William D. James, MD


November 05, 2019

Figure 1. Hidradenitis suppurativa in adult armpit.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is an acneiform disorder that commences with follicular occlusion. Because it is a defect of the follicular epithelium, the term acne inversa has been proposed as a more accurate name for the disease. This term connects its pathogenesis to acne and highlights the fact that it is an expression of follicular occlusion in regions not classically affected by acne vulgaris.

Bacterial infections of the sweat glands and inflammation of periglandular connective tissue have not been implicated in the pathophysiology of hidradenitis suppurativa.

Learn more about the pathophysiology of hidradenitis suppurativa.


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