Fast Five Quiz: Hidradenitis Suppurativa Presentation and Diagnosis

William D. James, MD


May 12, 2020

When staphylococcal infection is present, lesions are distributed randomly; they are also increasingly pustular.

Additional considerations in the differential diagnosis for hidradenitis suppurativa include:

  • Cutaneous Crohn disease (associated with intestinal Crohn disease)

  • Simple abscesses (usually consist of single lesions)

  • Primary or secondary neoplasms (systemic and histologic signs of tumor will be present)

  • Lymphogranuloma venereum

  • Rare:

    • Primary cutaneous actinomycosis (concomitant with sinus tract disease presentation)

    • Scrofuloderma type of cutaneous tuberculosis

Learn more about the diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurativa.


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