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Pilonidal Cyst Surgery in Chattanooga, TN

Pilonidal Disease


Pilonidal disease is a chronic infection of the skin region of the buttocks region, over the tailbone. It results from a reaction to hairs embedded in the skin, commonly occurring in the cleft between the buttocks. It is more common in men and frequently occurs between puberty and age 40. Symptoms vary from a small dimple to a large painful mass. The area may drain fluid that may be clear, cloudy or bloody. With infection, the area becomes red and tender, and the drainage may be foul smelling. There is almost always an episode of swelling and tenderness. It also may drain. Many go on to develop a pilonidal sinus, which is a cavity below the skin surface that connects to the surface of the skin with one or more openings. Surgical treatment is often needed, especially if there are recurrent infections and inflammation of the sinus tracts.