A pilonidal sinus is a dimple in the skin in the crease of your child's buttocks.
- This may be noted at birth as a depression or hairy dimple and be present for many years without any symptoms.
- A pilonidal sinus may also occur due to a blockage in the hair follicles, often associated with an ingrown hair.
- In both situations, hair acts as a foreign body, which may produce an infection. The infection may spread into the tissues of your child's buttocks and produce an abscess (collection of pus under the skin) at a site several inches away from the sinus.
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