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Heightened risk for psychiatric comorbidities in hidradenitis suppurativa patients

Presented By
Dr Kevin Phan, Liverpool Hospital, Australia
Conference
EADV 2020
A substantially increased risk for several psychiatric disorders as well as for substance and alcohol abuse was detected in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in an Australian meta-analysis. The chronic inflammatory skin disease HS is known to reduce quality of life and has also been linked to factors such as smoking and comorbidities like obesity and metabolic syndrome [1-3]. Since previous studies have shown that chronic inflammatory skin diseases could be connected to psychiatric disorders, Dr Kevin Phan (Liverpool Hospital, Australia) and colleagues were interested in a possible association of HS with psychiatric comorbidities like depression, schizophrenia, or suicidal tendency [4-6]. They also looked at alcohol and substance abuse in this population. The researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies identified by an electronic database search and direct review of articles together with data about cases and controls [4].


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