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Topical timolol for treatment of persistent granulation tissue in the setting of severe hidradenitis suppurativa

  • Author(s): Chen, Xizhao
  • Guffey, Darren J
  • et al.
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Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a potentially debilitating dermatological disease that negatively impacts patients' quality of life. Severe cases can be further complicated by persistent granulation tissue at the ostia of sinus tracts, which may prove recalcitrant to standard interventions. Herein we report such a case in which a patient experienced significant improvement from severe HS but was left with persistent granulation tissue that complicated his course of recovery. When standard interventions failed, we elected to begin treatment with topical timolol. After three months, the majority of the granulation tissue had regressed and has remained quiescent after 12 months of follow up. The patient has tolerated the treatment well and continues to use topical timolol daily as needed for flares. We believe that topical timolol can provide a practical and painless alternative to current invasive and expensive therapies for persistent granulation tissue associated with severe HS.

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