Pilonidal Sinus Disease

Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) is a surgical-dermatological condition which is associated with a number of misconceptions - Dietrich Doll

Pilonidal Sinus Disease
Pilonidal Sinus Disease

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Patients often present to the emergency department embarrassed and unsure of their diagnosis. They think they are doing something wrong, are unclean, or do not wash themselves well. This is not the case, and it is important to assure them they did not cause their ailment. Patients mainly complain of pain over their spine or above their buttock, redness or swelling over the area, discharge, and if infected, fever, nausea, or possible signs and symptoms of sepsis.

Many theories explain why some people develop pilonidal cysts or abscesses. Occasionally they occur due to ingrown hairs or infected hair follicles. Another theory is that pilonidal cysts appear after trauma to that region…

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International Pilonidal Society

Connecting patients and specialist surgeons to deliver quality outcomes for those with pilonidal disease.

The Pilonidal Support Alliance

We provide articles, abstracts, pictures, surgical techniques and research to those wanting to know more about the condition. We also provide a web-based discussion group for exchange of ideas, information, experiences and a place for people to turn when they need reassurance. We have created a community that educates people and allowed them to become a full partner in their medical care.

Boston Pilonidal Center

There are many different presentations for pilonidal disease and many different treatment options. This site was created to simplify the process of learning about the options we specialize in, specifically the cleft lift procedure.


A pilonidal sinus is a small hole or tunnel in the skin at the top of the buttocks, where they divide (the cleft). It does not always cause symptoms and only needs to be treated if it becomes infected.

Wound Source

A pilonidal cyst is a pimple-like cyst typically located in the sacrococcygeal region of the body, usually near the top of the intergluteal cleft (also referred to as the natal cleft). Rarely, pilonidal cysts may also manifest between digits.

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