Which procedures are indicated for treatment of the acute phase of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Local incision and drainage of purulent lesions are often required in the acute phase, and, although these procedures are helpful in providing short-term relief, recurrent inflammation is almost inevitable. [73] Deroofing of sinus tracts and curettage of fistulous tracts have distinct roles as preliminary treatments before more definitive intervention, and are especially suited for recurrent hidradenitis suppurativa lesions at fixed locations in Hurley I or II stage, particularly in the acute phase of perianal disease. [1] An alternative surgical approach may be used in so-called bridging lesions. These lesions have 2 distant cutaneous orifices connected by a subcutaneous fistula. Periorificial fusiform skin incisions are made parallel to the skin folds, followed by a viral blue dye injection for accurate visualization of the fistula tract, and the subcutaneous tubular fibrotic tissue is completely removed en bloc. [15]

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