(Pilonidal Sinus; Pilonidal Abscess)
- Cyst—not infected
- Abscess—pocket of pus
- Sinus—opening between a cyst or other internal structure and the outside
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- Painful swelling over your sacrum, which is the area just above your tailbone
- A foul smell or pus draining from that area
Incision and Drainage
Laser Hair Removal
- Keep the area clean and dry.
- Avoid sitting for a long time on hard surfaces.
- Remove hair from the area.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons http://www.fascrs.org
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Pilonidal cyst. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/pilonidal-cyst.html . Updated December 2011. Accessed August 26, 2013.
Pilonidal cyst. Swedish Medical Center Seattle website. Available at: http://www.swedish.org/Services/Colon-and-Rectal-Clinic/Services/Pilonidal-Cyst#axzz2d6pXFkit . Accessed August 26, 2013.
Pilonidal sinus and cysts. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website. Available at: http://www.chop.edu/service/surgery-general-thoracic-and-fetal/conditions-we-treat/pediatric-surgery-pilonidal-sinus-and-cysts.html . Updated November 2008. Accessed August 26, 2013.
Sadick NS, Yee-Levin J. Laser and light treatments for pilonidal cysts. Cutis. 2006;78:125-128.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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