Which factor influences the therapeutic outcome of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) surgery?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The width of the excision, and not the wound closure technique, influence the therapeutic outcome. [54] Recurrence after surgery is likely if excision is inadequate or if the distribution of apocrine glands is unusually wide. [12, 7, 14] The recurrence rate in patients treated with radical surgery varies considerably depending on the site affected; the highest rate is 50% in the submammary region. [12] An overall recurrence rate of 2.5% has been estimated after wide surgical excision, with a median postoperative follow-up of 36 months. [7]


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