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Dermatology. 2014;229(2):154-8. doi: 10.1159/000363381. Epub 2014 Sep 11.

Prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa: a population-based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

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Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a follicular occlusion disorder occurring in apocrine-rich regions of the skin. Estimates of the prevalence of this disorder have not been population-based.

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to provide population-based information on the prevalence of HS in Olmsted County, Minnesota, as of January 1, 2009.

METHODS:

The Rochester Epidemiology Project, a unique infrastructure that combines and makes accessible all medical records in Olmsted County since the 1960s, was used to collect population-based data on the prevalence of HS.

RESULTS:

We identified 178 confirmed cases of HS that included 135 females and 43 males, and estimated the total sex- and age-adjusted prevalence in Olmsted County to be 127.8 per 100,000 or 0.13%. The total prevalence was significantly higher among women than men.

CONCLUSION:

This study represents the first population-based investigation on the prevalence of HS. In this population-based cohort, HS was less prevalent than suggested by previous reports.

PMID:
25228133
PMCID:
PMC4216603
DOI:
10.1159/000363381
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