INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate our experience with crystallized phenol for the treatment of pilonidal sinus disease and to compare it with Kardiyakis method.
METHODS: Patients who undergone surgery for the pilonidal sinus disease between January 2016 and September 2018 in our clinic have been evaluated prospectively. Patients data including age, sex, follow-up time, complications and recurrence rates were recorded
RESULTS: Patients mean age were 21.5±7.9 and 24.4±7.4 in phenol and kardiyakis groups, respectively. Sex distribution were 35 males to 10 females in phenol group and 107 males to 19 females in kardiyakis group. No recurrences were observed in phenol group, while recurrences in 8 patients were noted in kardiyakis group. This difference was not statistically significant (p=0.11).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Crystilized phenol technique is easy applicable and comfortable method for pilonidal sinus disease treatment. It may have less recurrence rate when compared to kardiyakis method, but more studies are needed to definitely establish this.
Key words: Pilonidal sinus, phenol, surgical flap, crystallized phenol, Kardiyakis method