How are the lesions of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) characterized?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Typical lesions, called primary lesions, include the following:

  • Painful and/or tender erythematous papules smaller than 1 cm in diameter

  • Painful and/or tender erythematous nodules larger than 1 cm in diameter

  • Painful or tender abscesses and inflamed discharging papules or nodules

  • Dermal contractures and ropelike elevation of the skin

  • Double-ended comedones

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