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Laser epilation as an adjunct to standard care in reducing pilonidal disease recurrence in adolescents and young adults. A randomized clinical trial.


Minneci, PC, Gil LA, Cooper JN, Asti L, Nishimura L, Lutz CM et al

JAMA Surg 2024; 159: 19-27.

This study included 302 young people. Depilation and good skin hygiene reduced the risk of recurrent disease at one year: -23.2 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval -33.2 to -13.1 per cent, P<0.001).

Comment: Depilation and good hygiene are fundamental in treatment of pilonidal disease.

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