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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 105-110

The role of phenol application in the management of pilonidal sinus disease

Department of General Surgery, Pt. B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (P.G.I.M.S.), Rohtak, Haryana, India

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Suresh Kumar Kataria
Department of General Surgery, Pt. B.D. Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (P.G.I.M.S.), Rohtak - 124001, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.194981

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Background: Pilonidal sinus disease (PNSD) is common among young adults. The diagnosis of disease is more often a clinical one, based on the patient's history and physical findings. Numerous treatment options, ranging from simple excision to extensive flap procedures, currently exist. However, hospital stay, missed days of work, recurrence rates, and surgeon's familiarity with the techniques are important factors in the choice of treatment modality. The aim of present study was to study the role of phenol application in the management of PNSD. Patients and Methods: In our study, we aimed to share the results of our patients who underwent treatment with local application of 80% phenol. After shaving from waist to mid-thigh posteriorly, 1 cc phenol was injected via sinus under local anesthesia. Results: In this study, all the 30 outpatients were male. The average age was 23.5 years. Complete cure was obtained in 24 (80%) patients. The mean number of days required for complete healing of sinus were 47.83 days. Four patients had nonhealing of sinus and two patients developed recurrence. Conclusion: This method of treatment is very simple and has acceptable relapse rates. It does not affect productive life of patient and does not need hospitalization. Thus, it could be considered as the first choice in the treatment of noncomplicated pilonidal sinus.

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