News & Blog

Surgical Approach to Extensive Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at



Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic suppurative disease of skin with high recurrence. OBJECTIVE

To determine factors affecting complications and recurrence of HS in patients who underwent surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS

We operated on 15 patients with HS at 36 sites between 1999 and 2009. The affected areas were classified as groin, axilla, buttocks, nuchae, perianal, and perineal. All patients were treated using wide surgical excision under general anesthesia. The methods of reconstruction varied depending on the size and location of the defect. RESULTS

The female:male ratio of patients was 4:11. Mean age was 41.8±10.6. Twenty-eight (77%) of the lesions were Stage III according to Hurley’s staging system. Mean follow-up was 42 months. Radical excision was performed on all lesions; 20 were reconstructed with primary closure, nine with fasciocutaneous flaps, and five with split-thickness skin grafts. The overall complication rate was 25% (9/36) and complications occurred mostly in perineal, perianal, and buttocks sites. Two (5.5%) recurrences were seen only in buttocks site.


To prevent complication, avoid recurrence of HS, and improve patients’ quality of life, early and wide surgical excision is important and effective. The recurrence and complications are mostly related to the location of the disease.

Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of General Surgery, Abant İzzet Baysal University Medical Faculty, Bolu, Turkey 2: Department of General Surgery, Yıldırım Beyazıt Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Publication date: June 1, 2011


This study’s summary was originally published on Ingenta Connect

Questions or want to talk to Dr. Tahernia?

Give us a call: (310) 614-9701
Request Appointment
[tweets max=2 user=amirtaherniamd]