How does the prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) vary between men and women?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Although hidradenitis suppurativa is widely considered to occur more frequently in females than in males, with a ratio as high as 2-5:1, [4, 49] reports on sex prevalence are controversial. [4, 55, 56] . In fact, females were more likely to have a family history of hidradenitis suppurativa, and men had a tendency for more severe disease and associated severe acne. [56]

Active genitofemoral lesions occur significantly more often in females, whereas perianal involvement tends to be more common in males. No sex difference is seen in the axillary lesions. Comedones have been suggested as precursor lesions for hidradenitis suppurativa, and they appear to be equally distributed in both sexes and sites. [43]


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