What is the pathophysiology of 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 actually a defect of the follicular epithelium; therefore, there is a movement towards calling the disease acne inversa instead of hidradenitis suppurativa. The term acne inversa links the pathogenesis to acne and reflects the fact that it is an expression of follicular occlusion in localizations inverse to acne vulgaris. [27] However, hidradenitis suppurativa differs from acne in that no increase in sebaceous secretions is seen in hidradenitis suppurativa.


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