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Successful treatment of stage III hidradenitis suppurativa with botulinum toxin A
  1. Weibin Shi1,2,
  2. Shannon Schultz1,2,
  3. Amy Strouse1,2 and
  4. David R Gater1,2
  1. 1 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2 Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Weibin Shi, wshi{at}


A 41-year-old obese Native American woman presented with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) after failing all available treatment options. Her HS was more pronounced in the axillary and groin regions (Hurley stage III) and was a major source of her pain and a barrier for home exercise and aquatic therapy. She received a botulinum toxin A injection every 3 months (four times thus far), which has significantly helped alleviate her pain and curb the progress of her HS by resolving abscesses and healing draining sinuses.

  • dermatology
  • pain
  • skin

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  • Contributors WS: treating physician, collected the clinical data and wrote the manuscript. SS and AS: treating resident physicians, edited the manuscript. DRG: supervised the clinical management and critically revised the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected to remove Figure 1. The image was provided by the patient and was consistent with the details of the wound in her records. It has been determined that the image was of a different patient. Its inclusion in the article was an honest error by all concerned.