What is the clinical course of pilonidal disease?

Updated: Jun 11, 2018
  • Author: M Chance Spalding, DO, PhD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Answer

The ideal treatment for a pilonidal sinus varies according to the clinical presentation of the disease. First, it is important to divide pilonidal disease into the following three categories, which represent different stages of the clinical course:

  • Acute pilonidal abscess
  • Chronic pilonidal disease
  • Complex or recurrent pilonidal disease

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