Rare occupational disease of hair dressers: interdigital pilonidal sinus

J Nippon Med Sch. 2007 Oct;74(5):364-6. doi: 10.1272/jnms.74.364.


Interdigital pilonidal sinus is a rare occupational disease related to work with short hair. Hair dresser's disease is the interdigital pilonidal sinus encountered in male barbers. A case of pilonidal sinus in the interdigital web is reported. We performed surgical excision and primary closure. There were neither complications nor recurrence in the third month after excision. We propose that surgical excision is inevitable and that any primary treatment can improve the patients' postoperative comfort. Thus, primary closure or closure with a flap, instead of secondary healing, should always be the first choice of treatment for a defect due to excision of an interdigital pilonidal sinus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Barbering*
  • Fingers / surgery*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Hair*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / surgery*
  • Pilonidal Sinus / etiology*
  • Pilonidal Sinus / surgery*
  • Skin
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative
  • Treatment Outcome