Hidradenitis Suppurative

Etiology

  • Inflammatory process affecting apocrine sweat glands

Risk Factors

  • African-American, women>men

Symptoms

  • Episodic/recurrent painful nodules/boils, draining, erruptions affecting underarm, groin, ano-genital areas
  • Can become secondarily infected

Physical Exam Findings

  • Tender nodules, groin and underarm areas
  • Sometimes scars from prior episodes
  • Often draining purulent and foul smelling material
  • Sometimes sinus tracts