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Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa was first described by the French physician Velpeau in 1839. Some patients may feel that over the past 160 years we have not made much progress in our attempts to successfully treat this condition. Is this so? Have we really failed to advance significantly on this disease despite our powerful array of modern medicaments and surgical techniques? I guess in the eyes of many who suffer from HS the answer would be: yes. Hands up all those who feel comfortable when confronted with a hidradenitis patient. So, what is the cause for this lack of progress and do we really have so little to offer for this condition?
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(3): 22–25
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