DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2024.29.sup3.s26 ISSN: 1462-4753

Commentary on packing vs non-packing of pilonidal sinus cavities after incision and drainage

Angela King, Kathryn Fegan, Kathryn Morgan, James Edward Hill, Joanna Harrison
  • Community and Home Care
  • General Medicine

Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) manifests as an inflammatory skin condition typically emerging within the anal cleft. The prevalence of this disease varies in high income countries. This disease is associated with significant physical and psychosocial distress. Surgery is an option for managing PSD; yet, surgical methods vary, and a universally accepted gold standard approach is lacking, leading to current practices that are diverse and subject to ongoing debate. One such point of contention revolves around the decision to use packing or opt for a non-packing approach following surgery. Mohamedahmed et al (2021) conducted a systematic review to evaluate the comparative outcomes of packing versus non-packing of an abscess cavity following incision and drainage of cutaneous abscess on any part of the body. This commentary aims to critically appraise the methods used within the review by Mohamedahmed et al (2021) and expand upon the findings in the context of treatment and management of PSD.