Taiwan Researchers Connect Hidradenitis Suppurativa & Cardiovascular & Metabolic Risk

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A prominent group of clinical investigators from Taiwan has produced a nationwide, population-based cohort study evidencing the association of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and metabolic syndrome and coronary artery disease. A nationwide-level study in Asia, however, was never conducted for further evidence. Until now. The study team concludes that those patients with HS face a great risk of dyslipidemia, incident hypertension (HTN), diabetes mellitus (DM) and coronary artery disease (CAD).

Who Conducted the Research?

A group of academic research centers, providers and government agencies came together to conduct this research.

The Study Methods

The team secured their data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). The NHIRD includes a number of registration records of the general population in Taiwan, including outpatient, inpatient, and emergency data.

Diagnosis in the NHIRD was coded by physicians according to ICD-9-CM between 2000 and 2013. The study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Tri-Service General Hospital.


By the end of the study, the investigators could conclude, based on the available results, that HS patients have a higher rate of dyslipidemia, HTN, and DM as well as CAD. See the link to the source document published in the Journal of Dermatology.

Lead Research/Investigators

  • Chih-Tsung Hung, Tri-Service General Hospital
  • Chien-ping Chiang, Tri-Service General Hospital
  • Chi-Hsiang Chung, National Defense Medical Center
  • Chang-Huei Tsao, Tri-Service General Hospital
  • Wu-Chien Chien, National Defense Medical Center
  • Wei-Ming Wang, Tri-Service General Hospital