New hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa) clinical resource launches this week on epgonline.org, the website for healthcare professionals
HS is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory skin disease, which commonly develops post-puberty in skin regions bearing apocrine glands, notably axillae, inguinal and anogenital areas. HS has an adverse effect on patients’ quality of life [von der Werth and Jemec 2001; Matusiak et al., 2010; Esmann and Jemec, 2011; Onderdijk et al., 2013], with a greater adverse effect associated with increasing severity of disease. HS has a great emotional impact on patients resulting in isolation due to fear of stigmatisation. Reports of shame and irritation are common and relate to the odour, scars, itching and pain caused by the disease [Esmann and Jemec, 2011].
Registered members of epgonline.org can access this resource free of charge at the following address: https://www.epgonline.org/hidradenitis-suppurativa-knowledge-centre/en/index.cfm. Clinical content is divided into three primary sections. ‘Disease Awareness’ provides accurate, fully referenced information, including epidemiological data, pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis and assessment. The ‘Treatment’ section explores the different options available depending on disease severity with a summary of recommendations from the European treatment guidelines. Downloadable patient materials and links to networks for patients and healthcare professionals can be accessed via the ‘Resources’ section.
Dr Toby Galbraith, Director of Content Strategy for epgonline.org, said: “Hidradenitis suppurativa is a relatively uncommon but very distressing condition for patients, and this distress can be lessened by early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. We hope this new educational resource will provide valuable information to aid healthcare professionals in helping their patients.” The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Knowledge Centre has been developed by epgonline.org and sponsored by AbbVie,
with scientific content provided by AbbVie.
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2. Matusiak L, Bieniek A, Szepietowski JC. Psychophysical aspects of hidradenitis suppurativa. Acta Derm Venereol. 2010;90:264-8.
3. Esmann S, Jemec GB. Psychosocial impact of hidradenitis suppurativa: a qualitative study. Acta Derm Venereol. 2011;91:328-32.
4. Onderdijk AJ, der van Zee HH, Esmann S, Lophaven S, Dufour DN, Jemec GB, et al. Depression in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013;27:473-8.
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