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Squamous cell carcinoma of the perineum masquerading as necrotizing hidradenitis suppurativa

  • Author(s): Harview, Christina L
  • Truong, Allison K
  • Worswick, Scott D
  • Sarantopoulos, George P
  • Hsiao, Jennifer L
  • et al.
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Many cases of superinfected hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) involve multiple species of bacteria, but gas-producing infections are rare and can complicate the clinical picture. Additionally, recognizing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) as a complication of longstanding HS is imperative. Herein, we present a unique case of a severe emphysematous HS that was initially mistaken for Fournier gangrene and eventually diagnosed as superinfected SCC.

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