February 1973

Omphalitis in the Adult

Author Affiliations

Boston; Newton, Mass
From New England Medical Center, Boston (Dr. Carney), and Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass (Dr. May).

Arch Surg. 1973;106(2):229-230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350140085025

An adult patient with omphalitis was treated successfully by conservative measures. Spontaneous extrusion of a mass of hair and sebum concretion was the final episode. The author stresses the rarity of the condition, its dissimilarity to the variety seen in infants, its resemblance to infected pilonidal cyst, and the advisability of nonexcisional treatment.