Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pilonidal Abscess Evaluation

The evaluation of pilonidal abscess begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a pilonidal abscess may include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of pilonidal abscess.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a pilonidal abscess include:
  • Sinogram or fistulogram:
    • Dye is placed in the cyst and then x-rays are taken
  • Bacterial culture of pus
  • Complete blood count

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pilonidal Abscess References
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