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CASE REPORT
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-123

Management of pilonidal sinus by Kshar Sutra, a minimally invasive treatment


Department of Shalya Tantra, Dr. D.Y. Patil Ayurved College and Hospital, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Amar P Dwivedi
Dr. D. Y. Patil Ayurved College and Hospital, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7788.64408

PMID: 20814527

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A Pilonidal sinus (PNS) occurs in the cleavage between the buttocks (natal cleft) and can cause discomfort, embarrassment and absence from work. It is more common in men (as they have more hair) than in women. The most commonly used surgical techniques for this disorder include excision and primary closure and excision with reconstructive flap. However, the risk of recurrence or of developing an infection of the wound after the operation is high. Also, the patient requires longer hospitalization, and the procedure is expensive. There is a similarity between Shalyaj Nadi Vran described in Sushruta Samhita and Pilonidal sinus. Sushruta has advocated a minimally invasive para-surgical treatment, viz., Kshar Sutra procedure, for nadi vran. Hence this therapy was tried in Pilonidal sinus, and is described in this case report. Kshar Sutra treatment not only minimizes complications and recurrence but also enables the patient to resume work quicker and with less discomfort, impact upon body image and self-esteem as well as reduced cost.


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