Clinical Presentation of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Martina L. Porter
  • Alexa B. KimballEmail author


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease whose identification hinges upon characteristic lesion morphology, anatomic location, and a recurrent, chronic clinical course. The meaning of ‘hidradenitis suppurativa’ gives multiple clues to its clinical presentation. ‘Hidraden-’ refers to sweat glands, and although the disease is no longer thought to be a disease of apocrine glands, the disease distribution mimics that of apocrine gland bearing skin; ‘-itis’, referring to inflammation; and ‘suppurativa’, or pus, another key clinical sign of this disease.


Metabolic Syndrome Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pyoderma Gangrenosum Hidradenitis Suppurativa Apocrine Gland 
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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Unit for Research Trials in SkinMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, Harvard Medical SchoolBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.BostonUSA

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