Smith, M. K., Nicholson, C. L., Parks-Miller, A., & Hamzavi, I. H. (2017). Hidradenitis suppurativa: an update on connecting the tracts. F1000Research, 6, 1272. doi:10.12688/f1000research.11337.1
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a devastating disease involving abscesses, sinus tracts, and inflammation classically affecting the axilla, groin, and/or anogenital region. Although the disease pathogenesis is not fully understood, recent advances suggest that HS pathology runs much deeper than the cutaneous manifestations. It is now believed that HS is a systemic inflammatory disease that gives rise to the characteristic cutaneous manifestations. This disease is problematic for both patients and physicians to manage because of a variety of diagnostic and management difficulties. This article seeks to provide updates on the current understanding of HS to increase awareness and improve management.