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HS patients carry higher risk for systemic lupus erythematosus

A US cohort study showed a greater likelihood for developing certain connective tissue diseases like morphoea or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in patients already suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) [1,2].

Associations between HS and various autoimmune conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases or spondyloarthropathies have been reported in the past. A new population-based study focused on the possibility that HS may also be linked to autoimmune pathologies of connective tissue disease (CTD). Data was retrieved from claims files of non-governmental health insurance from 31 December 2002 to 31 December 2017 in the USA. Included were patients with a diagnosis of HS that were compared with a group of non-HS patients with similar risk profiles and comorbidity. The study population included 66,448 patients with and without HS with a mean age of 37 years. About 3 quarters of patients were female, and comorbidities in terms of IBD, psoriasis, ...

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