Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Nigel Scott


The term hidradenitis comes from the two Greek words: hidros = sweat and aden = glands. Hidradenitis is a chronic acneiform infection of the cutaneous apocrine glands that also involves adjacent subcutaneous tissue and fascia. The hallmark of the disease is sinus tracks in the apocrine gland body areas. Typically, the patient complains of painful, inflamed, discharging sinuses in the axillae, the groins, the perineum, and occasionally under the breasts – all areas that contain the so-called apocrine sweat glands (Box 6.1).


Primary Closure Sinus Tract Wide Excision Wide Local Excision Cyproterone Acetate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryRoyal Preston HospitalFulwood, Preston, LancashireUK

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