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dermatology, hidradenitis suppurativa, positron emission tomography, single-photon emission computed tomography, radiology, epidemiology



  1. Gutfilen-Schlesinger, Gabriel MSc
  2. Lopes de Souza, Sergio Augusto PhD
  3. Gutfilen, Bianca PhD


OBJECTIVE: To bring awareness and close gaps between dermatologists and radiologists about the contribution of imaging techniques for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


DATA SOURCES: Investigators searched the PubMed database for articles on HS and radiology techniques.


STUDY SELECTION: Databases were searched up to December 2018. The query retrieved 257 publications, of which 103 were unique; of these, 7 were inaccessible. From the remaining 96, 33 were irrelevant (did not discuss HS lesion features). After applying the inclusion criteria, 63 studies were relevant to this study.


DATA EXTRACTION: A standardized form was constructed to extract data from eligible studies by two independent authors.


DATA SYNTHESIS: Imaging techniques are significant and useful tools in HS management. Imaging should be carried out to evaluate disease severity, subclinical features, treatment success, and intraoperative patient assessment. Providers should consider nonconventional radiology techniques, which are underused in clinical management of HS. Further, dermatology and radiology require a shared terminology of disease features to better understand patient status.


CONCLUSIONS: Publications on HS lesion imaging have increased over the years. Imaging techniques have proven useful for determining HS severity and treatment effectiveness, as well as intraoperative patient assessment. These authors strongly recommend the use of these techniques in routine clinical practice for patients with HS.