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Pilonidal disease: Long-term results of follicle removal


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.

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Read at the meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, San Francisco, California, May 2 to 6, 1982.

This work was performed in Eugene, Oregon at my office and at Sacred Heart Hospital.

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Bascom, J. Pilonidal disease: Long-term results of follicle removal. Dis Colon Rectum 26, 800–807 (1983).

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Key words

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