Hidradenitis suppurativa in surgeons' practice: Prevalence and treatment approach according to the Hurley stage in Latvia

Alise Balcere (Coresponding Author), Ilze Upeniece, Kaspars Snipe, Arnolds Jezupovs

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Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, recurrent, debilitating, and frequently misdiagnosed inflammatory skin disease that often requires surgical intervention. To assess the prevalence of HS patients in surgeons' practice and surgeons' approach to treating HS patients, we created a self-administered, Hurley stage-based questionnaire that was distributed during the Latvian Association of Surgeons meeting. Of the total 60 questionnaires distributed, 56 (93%) were collected and 53 (88%) of them were considered valid. Overall, 73.6% of the surgeons confirmed having seen patients with chronic inflamed suppurative lesions in the skin folds during their practice. Median reported number of HS patients in the surgeons' practice was 3, ranging from 0 to 30. Similarly, 73.6% of surgeons would undertake HS treatment. The proportion of surgeons undertaking treatment was higher if the surgeons had diagnosed HS by themselves but was not affected by personal knowledge of HS. Surgeons chose monotherapy for Hurley stages I, II, and III in 64.2%, 64.2%, and 62.3% of the cases, respectively. The most common therapeutic choice for monotherapy was topical antiseptics (26.4%) or topical antibiotics (20.8%) for Hurley stage I and surgery or systemic antibiotics for Hurley stage II (20.8% or 17.0%, respectively) and Hurley stage III (32.1% or 11.3%, respectively). A wide diversity of treatment approaches in specified clinical scenarios was observed, which indicates the need for local guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14687
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • experience
  • hidradenitis suppurativa
  • knowledge
  • multidisciplinary team
  • surgery

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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