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Dr. Suhair Medical Center  >  Pilonidal Sinus

Pilonidal Sinus


A pilonidal sinus (PNS) is a small hole or tunnel in the skin. It may fill with fluid or pus, causing the formation of a cyst or abscess. It occurs in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. A pilonidal cyst usually contains hair, dirt, and debris. It can cause severe pain and can often become infected. If it becomes infected, it may ooze pus and blood and have a foul odor.

Its cause is believed to be:

  • a combination of multiple factors
  • Excess hair growth
  • Friction from clothes
  • Spending a long time sitting
  • Improper local hygiene
  • Obesity

At Dr. Suhair Medical Centre, we manage pilonidal abscess by incision and drainage under local anesthesia when the abscess is small or refer them to hospital where the procedure is done under general anesthesia. Regarding the pilonidal sinus, we operate by excision and closure.