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About One-third of HS Patients Receive Appropriate Weight Counseling

Findings from a recent study showed only 32% of pediatric patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) who are overweight or obese are referred for weight counseling.

In the retrospective chart review, the researchers assessed the percentage of patients with HS who received weight counseling as a part of their disease management between January 2011 and October 2018. They analyzed demographic data, height, weight, body mass index, body mass index percentiles, number of visits per department, referrals to the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, and referring provider department.
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Among 535 pediatric patients included in the study (mean age 14.5 years), 11.6% were overweight and 54.2% were obese. Of these, 32.1% received a referral to the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition.

The majority of referrals were placed by primary care providers whereas dermatologists placed 7.1% of referrals, the researchers said.

“The results suggest that there is a need for increased awareness, education, and counseling on weight management and nutrition for pediatric HS patients,” the researchers concluded. “Further studies are needed to determine the success of counseling on weight control and disease severity.”


Reichert B, Fernandez Faith E, Harfmann K. Weight counseling in pediatric hidradenitis suppurativa patients [published online March 2, 2020]. Pediatr Dermatol. doi:10.1111/pde.14131

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