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Title: Prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa in Malta : a comparison with established epidemiological data
Authors: Mintoff, Dillon
Camilleri, Liberato
Aquilina, Susan
Boffa, Michael John
Clark, Eileen
Scerri, Lawrence
Keywords: Hidradenitis suppurativa -- Malta
Hidradenitis suppurativa -- Epidemiology
Skin -- Diseases -- Case studies
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Mintoff, D., Camilleri, L., Aquilina, S., Boffa, M. J., Clark, E., & Scerri, L. (2020). Prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa in Malta: a comparison with established epidemiological data. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 45(6), 758-759.
Abstract: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatorydisease of the pilosebaceous unit. Patients with HS pre-sent – often after a diagnostic delay – with multiple,recurrent inflammatory nodules, abscesses and sinustracts in intertriginous skin.1Data suggest that the preva-lence of HS varies between 0.14% and 4% globally(Table 1). Malta is a small Mediterranean country with an esti-mated population of 493 559 inhabitants.2The countryis in a unique position as all dermatology referrals madein the national healthcare system are received and pooledby a single dermatology centre (Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, SPBH), and distributed equally between dermatologists without bias. Follow-up care is also carried out at SPBH. We carried out a study to establish the prevalence of HS in Malta.
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