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Derms and Conditions Podcast Episode 76:

Comprehensive Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Expert Insights From Dr Jennifer Hsiao

Featuring Jennifer Hsiao, MD | Release Date: March 28, 2024

In this episode of Derms and Conditions, host James Q Del Rosso, DO, sits down with Jennifer Hsiao, MD, associate professor of clinical dermatology at Keck Medicine of University of Southern California, to discuss the multifaceted world of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). From addressing diagnostic obstacles to understanding comorbidities, this episode guides clinicians through the many complexities of HS management.

They begin by exploring the diagnostic hurdles associated with HS, with Dr Hsiao sharing insights to help clinicians navigate through potential misdiagnoses. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing subtle indicators of the disease and thinking outside the box when it comes to the location of lesions, as they may present in atypical areas. She also highlights the significance of recurrent history, which can serve as a diagnostic hallmark.

Next, the pair discusses comorbidities associated with HS, with Dr Hsiao detailing the importance of inquiring about patients' primary care arrangements. She notes that while dermatologists may not directly manage these comorbidities, they can play a vital role in identifying and initiating the necessary steps toward management.

The discussion then moves to the significant psychological impact of HS, emphasizing the necessity of open dialogue with patients about the psychological toll of HS and the benefits of seeking mental health support. Screening tools like the PHQ-2 can aid in identifying patients at risk and initiating necessary interventions.

They next address the limitations of current clinical guidelines for HS and the need for a paradigm shift towards intervening earlier in the disease process to prevent irreversible tissue damage.

The discussion concludes with the presentation of a clinical scenario describing a patient transitioning from oral antibiotics to a biologic, with Dr Hsiao outlining her suggested approach for such a patient.

Tune in to the episode to learn more about the complexities of HS management and gain valuable insights into navigating the clinical landscape effectively.


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