Hemoglobin as an indicator of disease activity in severe hidradenitis suppurativa.
International journal of dermatology
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder with recurrent episodes of pain, drainage, abscess formation, and scarring in intertriginous regions.1 We describe two cases of anemia in advanced HS and review the literature. These anemic patients were treated with the broad‐spectrum intravenous antibiotic ertapenem for HS flares2 with parallel improvement in clinical symptoms and an increase in hemoglobin levels. Research on anemia in HS remains limited and inconclusive.3, 4 These cases support the possible role of hemoglobin as a measure of disease severity in HS patients and an objective measure to assess response to treatment.
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