Background: Surgery is an important treatment modality for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Various methods of HS surgery have been described. Even though wide excision is a common surgical procedure for HS, data on the recurrence rate and patient satisfaction are scarce. Objective: To determine the recurrence rate and patient satisfaction of HS lesional wide excision (complete excision) with secondary intention healing. Methods: A single centre retrospective study. Hundred and twenty eligible patients were identified from our medical files, and an individualized questionnaire was sent. Results: Eighty-six patents responded to our questionnaire (71.7%). Of whom, 84 patients underwent in total 253 procedures. The mean follow-up time per procedure was 36.2 months. In 37.6% of the procedures, recurrence occurred within a mean follow-up period of 3 years (after a median of 6.0 months). Total remission of an anatomical area was achieved in 49% of the procedures, whereas natural disease progression occurred in 13%. The genital region was the most prone to recurrence. The majority of the patients were glad that they had undergone the procedure and would recommend the surgical procedure to other HS patients. Conclusion: Lesional wide excision (complete excision) with secondary intention healing yields a meaningful local cure rate for HS and is well tolerated.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/jdv.14770, hdl.handle.net/1765/105293
Journal Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
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Deckers, I.E, Dahi, Y. (Y.), van der Zee, H.H, & Prens, E.P. (2018). Hidradenitis suppurativa treated with wide excision and second intention healing: a meaningful local cure rate after 253 procedures. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 32(3), 459–462. doi:10.1111/jdv.14770