What is the role of skin grafting in the management of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Although accurate comparative assessment of the various surgical approaches is difficult because of the incomplete reporting of long-term results and the limited number of controlled clinical trials, skin grafting is generally considered unsuitable in the management of inguinoperineal disease. When compared with healing by secondary intention, split-thickness skin grafting is less preferred among patients, even those with axillary disease. Those who advocate excision and healing by secondary intention claim that this technique permits adequate disease clearance and results in a cosmetically acceptable scar, superior to that obtained by skin grafting, with little limitation of movement. [12]

A report on five patients treated for stage III vulvar hidradenitis suppurativa showed that the only one patient who was managed without split-thickness skin grafting developed an introital stricture and this was the only patient who regretted undergoing surgical excision for hidradenitis suppurativa. [98]

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