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Joint Pain Adds to Disease Burden in HS

Several studies have shown hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is associated with lower quality of life. The burden of this disease can be exacerbated even more by the presence of arthralgia, according to the findings of a recent study.

In the study, the researchers recruited participants from an online HS support group. Participants completed a survey that consisted of the Short Form 12 Health survey and additional questions about joint pain.
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They found that participants had significantly reduced physical health and mental health composite scores compared with the general population. In addition, participants with severe arthralgia were found to have significantly lower quality of life scores compared with those with mild arthralgia.

“Despite the effect of comorbid arthralgia on quality of life, only 11% [of participants] reported having been asked about joint pain by their dermatologist,” the researchers said.

“Routine screening questions concerning associated arthralgia and diminished quality of life may be helpful during clinician assessment and treatment of patients with HS,” they concluded.


Kremer M, Chang TC, Murina A. Presence of arthralgia exacerbates decreased quality of life in hidradenitis suppurativa patients. Dermatol Online J. 2019;25(11):13030/qt1b36n770.

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