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Clin Exp Dermatol. 2021 Aug 25. doi: 10.1111/ced.14905. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a devastating chronic inflammatory skin disease with frequent recurrences. Various systemic treatments and procedures have been used but the efficacy of fractional microneedling radiofrequency (FMR) has not been reported.

AIM: To evaluate the clinical and histological efficacy of FMR in the treatment of HS lesions.

METHODS: An 8-week, prospective, split-body, unblinded study was conducted, which enrolled 10 adult patients with mild to moderate HS to receive 3 sessions of FMR treatment biweekly. HS severity was assessed using the number and type of lesions, HS Physician Global Assessment (HS-PGA) and the modified Sartorius score (mSS). Skin biopsies were performed on participants to assess change in inflammation before and after FMR.

RESULTS: Severity of HS was significantly reduced on the FMR-treated side of the body, but not on the control side. Inflammatory HS lesions were significantly reduced after 4 weeks, while HS-PGA and mSS were significantly decreased after 6 weeks. Immunohistochemistry staining showed decreased expression of inflammatory markers including neutrophil elastases, interleukin (IL)-8 and IL-17, tumour necrosis factor-α, transforming growth factor-β1 and matrix metalloproteinases.

CONCLUSION: FMR may be a viable treatment option for mild to moderate HS.

PMID:34431555 | DOI:10.1111/ced.14905

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