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.
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Cite this: William D. James. Fast Five Quiz: Hidradenitis Suppurativa Presentation and Diagnosis - Medscape - May 12, 2020.