Pilonidal Disease and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Harry T. Papaconstantinou
  • J. Scott Thomas


Pilonidal disease refers to a subcutaneous infection occurring in the upper half of the gluteal cleft. It may present as an acute pilonidal abscess with pain, erythema, and induration or as a pilonidal sinus, which is an indolent wound that is resistant to spontaneous healing, and can cause significant discomfort and drainage. Pilonidal disease is commonly found in young adults, and typically present in the second decade of life.



This chapter was written by Jeffery Nelson and Richard Billingham in the first edition of this textbook.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Papaconstantinou
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Scott Thomas
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Scott & White Memorial Hospital and ClinicTempleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryTexas A & M University Health SystemTempleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Section of Colon and Rectal SurgeryScott & White Memorial Hospital and ClinicTempleUSA
  4. 4.Texas A & M University Health SystemTempleUSA

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