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Hidradenitis suppurativa linked to childhood and lifetime traumatic events

Key clinical point: Maltreatment in childhood is associated with the development of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). This association is strong for emotional traumatic events.

Major finding: The number of traumatic events (odds ratio [OR], 1.20 per trauma), as well as childhood traumatic events (yes vs no; OR, 3.59) and the number of childhood traumatic events (OR, 1.35 per trauma) correlated with an increased risk of developing HS (P less than .05 for all). Childhood emotional traumatic events were significantly associated with the development of HS (OR, 5.03; P less than .05).

Study details: The data come from a case-control study of 71 patients with HS and 213 (1:3) matched controls.

Disclosures: No study sponsor was identified. Dr. Gutermuth reported grants/personal fees and other from Sanofi-Genzyme/Regeneron, Abbvie, Lilly, LEO, Pfizer, L'Oreal, and Pierre Fabre, outside the submitted work. Rest of the authors reported no disclosures.


Gielen S et al. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2020 Jul 21. doi: 10.1111/jdv.16828.