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Thursday, May 23, 2013
I have had abcesses in my groin and anal area for years. I have always treated them myself with sitz baths and asprin. Most recently I had a huge abcess that I needed to have lanced and drained by a surgeon. He suggested a colonoscopy to rule out any underlying disease. My test turned out normal but I am worried I will continue getting these painful, difficult abcesses. Is there another underlying cause that I should consider?
You and your physician may want to consider hidradentitis- a chronic infection of hair follicles.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati