What is the role of lab testing in the workup of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The following laboratory tests may be helpful in the evaluation of hidradenitis suppurativa:

  • Complete blood cell count with differential and platelet counts (occasionally elevated white blood count)

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (may be elevated)

  • C-reactive protein assay

  • Urinalysis

  • Serum multiphasic analysis with determination of the serum iron level and serum protein electrophoresis (possibly low serum iron levels, serum protein abnormalities)


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