What is the prognosis of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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In general, hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic disease, as underscored by the finding that 90% of patients in one large series still had active disease in the last year despite an average disease duration of nearly 19 years. [4]

The impression of a relentlessly progressive disorder may be explained by the finding that almost two thirds of patients acknowledged the existence of persistently painful boils that failed to heal. Possibly, new boils develop at an unchanged rate throughout the course of the disease, but some fail to subside in the usual manner and become chronic. [4]


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