What is hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Hidradenitis suppurativa is a disorder of the terminal follicular epithelium in the apocrine gland–bearing skin. This condition is a chronic disabling disorder that relentlessly progresses, frequently causing keloids, contractures, and immobility. See the image below.

Close-up view of axillary hidradenitis suppurativa Close-up view of axillary hidradenitis suppurativa in a patient with pyoderma gangrenosum.

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