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Incision and drainage preceding definite surgery achieves lower 20-year long-term recurrence rate in 583 primary pilonidal sinus surgery patients
Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2012
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JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 60–64, January 2013
How to Cite
Doll, D., Matevossian, E., Hoenemann, C. and Hoffmann, S. (2013), Incision and drainage preceding definite surgery achieves lower 20-year long-term recurrence rate in 583 primary pilonidal sinus surgery patients. JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, 11: 60–64. doi: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2012.08007.x
- Issue online: 3 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 19 OCT 2012
- Submitted: 16.4.2012 Accepted: 15.7.2012
Background: It has long been suspected that acute infection leads to less satisfactory results in soft tissue surgery. Its influence on long-term recurrence rate in primary pilonidal sinus surgery has not been investigated yet.
Patients and Methods: 583 patients (military cohort) were analyzed, comparing an incision and drainage (I&D) group preceding surgery (n = 286 pts) with a spontaneous abscess and empyema rupture group (n = 297 pts). Long-term recurrence rate up to 25 years following surgery was determined.
Results: The I&D group achieved a 20 year recurrence rate of 24 %, whereas the non-I&D-group had 35 % recurrences (p = 0.0034). Analyzing the subgroup with primary open wound treatment (n = 349 pts), the I&D group did significantly better after 20 years (16 % actuarial recurrence rate versus 34 %; p = 0.009; log-rank-test).
Conclusions: Early I&D treatment preceding definite surgery for some weeks seem to give significant superior results compared to primary surgery without I&D. The combination of early I&D and asymmetric excision and out of the midline closure is expected to give even further improved results compared to this cohort. The optimum interval between I&D and definite surgery has still to be determined.