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March 1974

Facial Involvement With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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Charlottesville, Va

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(3):408. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630030062019

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To the Editor.—  Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic, progressive disease with substantial morbidity that occurs chiefly in young adults and is topographically limited to the apocrine gland-bearing areas of the body. The usual sites of involvement are the axillae, perineum, buttocks, breasts, and umbilicus. However, it occasionally occurs in areas where apocrine glands are considered ectopic, such as the face and the eyelids (Arch Ophthalmol 77:635,1967). There have been few reports in the literature concerning hidradenitis suppurativa in ectopic or unusual sites. In the following case, the patient had extensive hidradenitis suppurativa of the axillae, groin, and buttocks, as well as involvement of the right temporal and periorbital areas.

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