Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 800–807 | Cite as

Pilonidal disease: Long-term results of follicle removal

  • John Bascom


Pilonidal disease is treated by follicle removal and lateral drainage. The method is suited to outpatient management and gives minimal disability and good long-term control. Other treatment methods for management of the unhealed midline pilonidal incision are discussed. Results are satisfactory to as long as nine years on follow-up. Microphotographs demonstrate that pilonidal disease arises from hair follicles in the skin.

Key words

Pilonidal disease Unhealed pilonidal disease Origin of pilonidal disease Hair follicles Perforating folliculitis 


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© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Bascom
    • 1
  1. 1.Sacred Heart HospitalEugene

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