Hidradenitis suppurativa is a condition which affects the apocrine glands of select areas of the body such as the armpits (axilla) and groin. This disorder is chronic and can be significantly disabling for patients due to its progressive nature which can cause thick scars (keloids), contractures of skin, and decreased mobility of the joints. Often, the condition necessitates treatment with multiple surgical procedures such as incision and drainage, surgical excisions, surgical flaps, and skin grafting.
Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa typically occurs in men and women who are otherwise healthy. Characterized by fluid-filled cyst like lesions, chronic inflammation, and significant scarring which worsens over time.
Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Initial treatment usually consists of conservative measures such as good hygiene, use of perfume-free soaps, and antibiotics. Once these treatments fail to stop the progression, surgical techniques are then utilized such as incision and drainage as well as surgical excision. Depending on the severity of the diseased skin, resulting scarring, and contractures, the excised area may be closed by simple closure, tissue flaps, skin grafts, or temporarily left open to drain.
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