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GALVAN MAS, Paula María; LOPEZ-CASANOVA, Pablo; VERDU-SORIANO, José  and  BERENGUER-PEREZ, Miriam. Does hidradenitis suppurativa affect the patient's quality of life? A review of the literature. Gerokomos [online]. 2022, vol.33, n.1, pp.38-44.  Epub May 02, 2022. ISSN 1134-928X.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic autoimmune disease due to the obstruction of a hair follicle leading to the formation of nodules. The specific etiology is unknown. Some triggers are family history, obesity, smoking, tight clothing, hormonal and immunological factors, among others. The typical symptomatology is pain, suppuration, itching, bad smell and can generate scars, fistulas and tunnels. Typical lesion locations are in the armpits, inguinal, perianal, and mammary areas. It has outbreaks and is not contagious. Depending on the stage there are different treatments for it. The diagnosis is based on an interview on the family history, location of the lesions, clinical manifestations and high recurrence of the disease. It affects 1% of the world population, with a higher incidence in women.


Investigate whether the pathology affects the quality of life of patients and find out the repercussions on it.


It was carried out through a systematic review of the last five years of both hidradenitis suppurativa and the question under study in the following databases: Google Scholar, PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Scopus and Cochrane.


Patients reported having a poorer quality of life due to symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa such as pain, itching and a bad smell. These affect their daily life, work life, social relationships, among others.


After the search, the study question is affirmed. The quality of life of the patient with hidradenitis suppurativa is diminished and deteriorated due to the symptoms that occur. In addition, it carries a series of psychological and personal comorbidities.

Keywords : Hidradenitis suppurativa; acne inverse; quality of life; delayed diagnosis.

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