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What You Should Know About Pilonidal Disease
What is Pilonidal Disease?
Pilonidal disease is an infection of the skin in the region of the 'buttock crease'. It creates a cavity (cyst) below the skin surface that connects to the skin surface with one or more openings or tracts.
What causes Pilonidal Disease?
The condition results from a reaction to hairs embedded in the skin, commonly occurring in the cleft between the buttocks.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms vary from a small dimple to a large painful mass. With infection, the area becomes red, tender, and the drainage will have a foul odor.
There are two patterns of this disease:
How is Pilonidal Disease treated?
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