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Modified Abscess Drainage in Treatment of Eight Cases with Hidradenitis Suppurativa in China


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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Wang Baoxi, MD, and Wu Xinfeng, MD, Institute of Dermatology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, St. 12 Jiangwangmiao, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210042, China, or e-mail: or



Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a distressing chronic skin disease affecting apocrine-bearing regions. The management of HS is challenging, and surgical intervention is considered to be effective.


To evaluate the effectiveness and patient tolerance of modified abscess drainage in the treatment of HS.

Materials and Methods

Eight patients with HS were admitted to our hospital from 2005 to 2012. They were treated using modified abscess drainage, with a follow-up time of 3 months. Effectiveness of therapy and patient satisfaction were evaluated.


Twenty-eight lesions in eight patients with HS were treated using modified abscess drainage. After 3 months of follow-up, 13 lesions showed completely recovery, and 10 lesions improved. No patients had any serious postoperative complications. Seven patients were satisfied with the effects, and five patients were willing to accept the same treatment when lesions recurred.


Modified abscess drainage is a simple and effective surgery for HS lesions, and patients tolerated this treatment well.

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