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Posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

Hello all-

I am 21 years old I have had a pilonidal cyst and opening for about a year now with no problems. About 2 months ago, it became swollen and I applied pressure a few times and pus/blood came out. About a week after the swelling went down, I applied pressure again and a hairball came out. It was about one hundred one-inch long hairs. I expected the cyst to go away or never act up again, but this week it has. It became swollen and slightly painful again. The pain isn't too bad, but it's there. I have been reading this bulletin board every few months or so and I have never heard anyone mention a hairball. What do you think about it?

Thanks!
Anthony



Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball

Posted by Adad on October 05, 2002 at 12:41:16:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

I think it is the weirdest thing I've ever heard of in my life. Are you sure you're not making it up?



Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball - It's A Hair Nest

Posted by PhillyLady on October 05, 2002 at 18:38:45:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Adad on October 05, 2002 at 12:41:16:

Hi Adad:
I believe pilonidal means hair nest (from Latin). So Anthony is probably not making this up. Although I can't imagine finding something like that on one's body, from what I've read some people have a little nest of hair that grows internally and becomes infected. Maybe Dr. Stoll can tell us why that happens. I agree it is strange. I hope someone has a solution for Anthony.



Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 06, 2002 at 09:19:10:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

Hi, Anthony.

Not uncommon.

The main problem with this is if the "hairball" blocks the drainage sinus. Then it can swell up and get out of control.

I hope you can get the embryological cause of this condition understood. Then you will understand completely what hair has to do with this.

Walt

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Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball - It's A Hair Nest

Posted by Adad on October 06, 2002 at 15:38:11:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball - It's A Hair Nest posted by PhillyLady on October 05, 2002 at 18:38:45:

Found this with a search. Sorry I doubted you Anthony


Dermoids

Gross. Possess a firm fibrous capsule which contain hair, sebaceous secretion and squamous debris.

Microscopic. Capsules, in addition to squamous epithelium, have coexistance of adnexal tissue (sebaceous eecrine, apocrine glands) and hair follicles.

Clinical Features

Cutaneous anomalies are evident such as a skin dimple, hair tuft, cutaneous nevi or hemangiomas. A large or small opening may be present. Differential diagnosis is an innocent coccygeal dimple. Dermal sinuses always arise higher, cranial to the intergluteal cleft. Must differentiate from pilonidal sinus tracts, which arise closer to the anus.

Complications include meningitis, spinal cord abscess (mass effect), spinal cord tethering, arachnoiditis.


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You're getting acquainted, that's for sure!

Posted by EML on October 08, 2002 at 14:00:54:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

Hello there.

As a fellow pilonidal cyst sufferer, I can attest to what you're describing.

Pilonidal means 'nest of hairs.' I had a hair nest encased in a sinus.

Another good site regarding [just] pilonidal disease/cysts is http://www.pilonidal.org.

The link that I included in the bottom of this post details my lifelong struggle with this pesky, annoying, and embarrassing condition.

For those of you who are mystified, as was myself, with the idea of 'hair' becoming embedded in one's butt area, yes, it happens more than we'd like to think.

Take care,

Elaine

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Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that!

Posted by EML on October 08, 2002 at 14:05:42:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

I have 2 similar webpages depicting my 'story.'

Or novel, if you want to call it that...

-)



Re: Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that!

Posted by PhillyLady on October 08, 2002 at 18:44:14:

In Reply to: Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that! posted by EML on October 08, 2002 at 14:05:42:

Hello EML:
I read your story. It's very informative and I can see you have a good sense of humor:-) You mentioned something about having to keep the hair off in the area (a problem). Why don't you try laser hair removal? It's permanent! I've had my legs done, but my doctor will remove hair anywhere on the body. There are people, like strippers for example, who want to be completely hair-free in certain areas, so they go for the permanent laser hair removal. I bet that could solve your hair removal problems. Good luck.



Re: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball

Posted by Louise on October 08, 2002 at 21:41:52:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst Hairball posted by Anthony on October 05, 2002 at 11:39:56:

Hi Anthony,

My son also has a Pilonital Cyst. He has had two surgeries and it has come back, but if he wears loose fitting clothes, it doesn't get as aggravated and seems to not be too bad. I know you're not making it up because we have had to deal with the same problem. It started when my son was around 16 and he's now 20.

Louise

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Re: Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that! (Archive in Pilonidal.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 09, 2002 at 09:23:36:

In Reply to: Re: Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that! posted by PhillyLady on October 08, 2002 at 18:44:14:

Thanks, PhillyLady.

Since most "nests of hair" are developed from nidi of epithelial cells, embryologically trapped UNDER the skin from birth, removal of hair from the surface will only resolve a small % of recurrences. I think this is still worthwhile but those who do it should not be surprised if they still have recurrances.

Namaste`

Walt

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Unfortunately, it's not do-able for Yours Truly! =(

Posted by EML on October 09, 2002 at 10:12:25:

In Reply to: Re: Wrong URL/trying again! Sorry about that! posted by PhillyLady on October 08, 2002 at 18:44:14:

I tried looking into it, and here's what I found:

I couldn't get a dermatologist to classify it as a surgery. They say that they have technicians that do it, and it's very time consuming. Our health ins. carrier won't cover it unless it's done as a surgery.

It costs quite a bit, too, as I'm sure you're aware.

We are getting the Basic benefits for 2003, so I won't have the 'ideal' coverage that we've had this year. The reason we had the Premium benefits this year is cause I had planned to have the pilonidal cystectomy -- March 2002.

I thought it'd be a good way to take down the hairs, but it's not an option for me now.

So, it's back to Mr. Razor.

LOL

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