Pilonidal Sinus: A High-Incidence Disease Among Adolescents

Pilonidal Sinus: A High-Incidence Disease Among Adolescents *M. Obedman, M.D., D. Vaticon, M.D. *Arturo Soria 311, Madrid 28033, Spain INTRODUCTION We have chosen the above title to emphasize the impact and frequency of this disease among young people. Indeed, infection is an affliction which almost exclusively strikes persons in this age group. may be described as a serious disruptive illness, when one considers such attendant features as the pain produced by the pilonidal abscess, periodic aggravations in the sufferer's condition, almost continual suppuration through the fistulous orifices, and long perioperatory periods interfering with regular activities. This is a condition which appears chiefly in adolescents or young adults who have dropped out of work, school, or sports activities. Repeated disruption in their pattern of life and a resulting sense of personal failure serve to aggravate the social and psychological consequences of the disease at a time of life which is usually characterized by energy and optimism. Their handicap prevents them from living a normal and rewarding life. The number of patients who have been treated by us over the past 13 years and the problems evidenced by them have induced us to deepen our investigations into this matter in order to prevent the disease as far http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health de Gruyter

Pilonidal Sinus: A High-Incidence Disease Among Adolescents

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 1993 by the
ISSN
0334-0139
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2191-0278
DOI
10.1515/IJAMH.1993.6.1.21
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22912136
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*M. Obedman, M.D., D. Vaticon, M.D. *Arturo Soria 311, Madrid 28033, Spain INTRODUCTION We have chosen the above title to emphasize the impact and frequency of this disease among young people. Indeed, infection is an affliction which almost exclusively strikes persons in this age group. may be described as a serious disruptive illness, when one considers such attendant features as the pain produced by the pilonidal abscess, periodic aggravations in the sufferer's condition, almost continual suppuration through the fistulous orifices, and long perioperatory periods interfering with regular activities. This is a condition which appears chiefly in adolescents or young adults who have dropped out of work, school, or sports activities. Repeated disruption in their pattern of life and a resulting sense of personal failure serve to aggravate the social and psychological consequences of the disease at a time of life which is usually characterized by energy and optimism. Their handicap prevents them from living a normal and rewarding life. The number of patients who have been treated by us over the past 13 years and the problems evidenced by them have induced us to deepen our investigations into this matter in order to prevent the disease as far

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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Healthde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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