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Guidelines hidradenitis suppurativa Updated on Introduction


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A chronic inflammatory skin disease

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease featuring notably the occurrence of painful abscesses that progress to suppuration, fistulisation and scarring.

HS occurs primarily in the groin and major skin folds.

It progresses by painful outbreaks that are generally suppurative; abscesses can be spaced out or grouped together.

This painful chronic disease affects the skin, the primary organ of contact with the outside world. Numerous patients often qualify it as “disabling” owing to its repercussions.

This disease impacts patients’ quality of life in terms of interpersonal and sexual relations, but can also lead to depression, as has been documented in many articles and widely observed in clinical practice. It is therefore essential to explore these aspects in order to gauge the severity and seriousness of the disease and to recommend adapted treatment.

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