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Volume 4 |Article ID 414630 |

Shylashree Chikkamuniyappa, Jaime Furman, Rolf Sjuve Scott, "Pilonidal Sinus of the Glans Penis Associated with Actinomyces Case Reports and Review of Literature", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 4, Article ID 414630, 5 pages, 2004.

Pilonidal Sinus of the Glans Penis Associated with Actinomyces Case Reports and Review of Literature

Academic Editor: Anthony Atala
Received20 Aug 2004
Revised02 Oct 2004
Accepted05 Oct 2004


Pilonidal sinus is a well-recognized condition that occurs most commonly in the sacrococcygeal area of younger men. It is hypothesized to be an acquired chronic inflammation condition due mainly to hair trapped beneath the surface. A pilonidal sinus in the sacrococcygeal region is associated with recurrent infection, abscess formation, cellulitis, fistulae, and rarely, squamous cell carcinoma. A pilonidal sinus of the penis is a rare entity. The association of a penile pilonidal cyst and Actinomyces is even more uncommon with only three cases reported previously. Two cases of pilonidal sinus are reported in this paper. One of the cases was associated with actinomycosis. Pilonidal sinus of the penis should be considered in the clinical and pathological differential diagnosis and has to be distinguished from balanoposthitis, epidermal cyst, and carcinoma. The knowledge about possible association with actinomycosis is important to ensure early treatment.

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