Fast Five Quiz: Hidradenitis Suppurativa Presentation and Diagnosis

William D. James, MD


May 12, 2020

Figure 1. Close up of lesions and inflamed nodules in armpit of woman with hidradenitis suppurativa.

Recently published guidelines describe the clinical presentation of hidradenitis suppurativa as recurrent inflammation occurring more than twice in 6 months—or 3 times in 6 months in the inverse regions of the body—presenting with nodules, sinus tracts, and/or scarring.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is not a classic infectious disease with a singular bacterial agent; in fact, the result of bacterial sampling of suppuration is often negative. Bacterial infection can occur, particularly in later stages of the disease, but its presence is not required for a diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurativa.

Learn more about the clinical presentation of hidradenitis suppurativa.  


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