What is pilonidal sinus?

Assoc. Prof. Didem Öncel Yakar

Dr Öncel Yakar’s comments

It is a benign anorectal region disease characterized by the accumulation of hairs under the skin, usually in the coccyx, mostly in men. Although it is a benign disease, accompanying complaints such as pain, discharge and bad odor affect the quality of life negatively. Risk factors include obesity, excessive sweating, excessive hairy body structure, sitting for long hours, nevertheless it can occur in any body type. Due to its anatomical location, it is likely to become infected. Most of the patients refer to the physician with infection or abscess formation. However, it is more appropriate to seek attention before these complications occur, to facilitate the treatment process.

Common complaints such as pain, discharge, itching, swelling and bleeding in the perianal area are mostly due to benign diseases. However, these diseases are one of the main patient groups that General Surgery is interested in, especially because the negatively affects on quality of life. The correct diagnosis and choice of medical or surgical treatment are among the factors that increase treatment success. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Didem Öncel Yakar shares information that will guide you for proper diagnosis and treatment. May health be with us in every moment of our lives.