How is squamous cell carcinoma treated in patients with 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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Concern surrounding long-term pilonidal disease is secondary to the rare occurrence of squamous cell carcinoma found in the pilonidal sinus tracts. The treatment is similar to that of other squamous cell carcinomas (ie, excision and grafting if necessary). There has been discussion about the utility of treating this disease process with chemotherapy and radiation after excision, an approach that is increasingly common with high-risk disease. [12]


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