It is generally recognized that certain types of acquired sinuses and fistulous tracts, resistant to the more ordinary forms of treatment, have been successfully healed by means of the galvanic current. Since none of the cases of pilonidal cysts (sacral fistulas) reported in the literature have been treated by this method, an account is given here of such a case. Pilonidal cysts (sacral fistulas) are considered to be developmental anomalies and have been successfully healed only by complete excision of the tract or tracts. Other methods of treatment, such as incision or cauterization with chemicals, have accomplished only temporary relief.
REPORT OF CASE
History and Examination.
—A hairy, thick set, dark complexioned white man, aged 22, had had a troublesome discharge occurring near the anus for about six months. A year previously he had experienced the same kind of discomfort, but at that time the discharge stopped without any treatment.