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December 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Veterans Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. Sponsored by the Veterans Administration and published with the approval of the Chief Medical Director. The statements and conclusions published by the authors are the result of their own study and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of the Veterans Administration.

AMA Arch Surg. 1951;63(6):852-857. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250040868016

THE MERITS of the various surgical procedures for the treatment of pilonidal cyst and sinuses are difficult to evaluate from the many reports in the literature. This evaluation is incomplete in many series because of lack of information in reference to the follow-up period and to the percentage of the total number of cases actually followed. A compilation of the reports found in the literature has been tabulated according to the method of surgical treatment. In this manner an over-all picture may be obtained in a comparative way of the end results in each group. In addition the results of a survey of our cases will be given.

REVIEW OF RESULTS IN THE LITERATURE  A survey conducted and reported by Kleckner1 in 1936 of the surgical methods preferred by members of the American Proctologic Society for the treatment of this condition revealed that 87% of the surgeons

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