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Barber's hair sinus in a female hairdresser: uncommon manifestation of an occupational disease: a case report.

Efthimiadis C, Kosmidis C, Anthimidis G, Grigoriou M, Levva S, Fachantidis P, Psihidis G - Cases J (2008)

Bottom Line: The lesion has been reported to occur mostly on the hands of male hairdressers.She was not hospitalised, while prompt resolution of the condition and prevention of recurrence was achieved.The personal hygiene with thorough removal of any hairs that have penetrated the epidermis during the working day could prevent the formation of the disease.

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Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Interbalkan European Medical Center, Thessaloniki, Greece. dr.ckosmidis@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Barber's disease is an acquired occupational disease produced by short customers' hairs that penetrate the interdigital spaces of the hands. The lesion has been reported to occur mostly on the hands of male hairdressers. The purpose of this article is to report a rare case of a female hairdresser who developed a pilonidal sinus in the interdigital web of her non-dominant hand and review the relevant literature.

Case presentation: A 29 year-old Greek female hairdresser underwent surgical excision of the pilonidal sinus and curettage. She was not hospitalised, while prompt resolution of the condition and prevention of recurrence was achieved.

Conclusion: Pilonidal sinus of the interdigital spaces of the hand is a rare and preventable acquired occupational disease. The personal hygiene with thorough removal of any hairs that have penetrated the epidermis during the working day could prevent the formation of the disease. Surgical excision, curettage and primary healing seem to be a safe method of treatment.

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Mentions: A probe was passed along the sinus (Figure 2). Surgical excision of an area of chronic inflammatory tissue with a sinus tract and multiple visible hairs was carried out under local anesthetic. The drainage and discomfort resolved immediately after the excision. After careful curettage, since all the granular tissue had been removed, the skin was closed by primary intention (two layers). In this way, the functional result could be better and achieved quicker. The patient was discharged the same day and a course of oral antibiotic therapy (amoxycillin-clavulanic acid: 1 g × 2) was administered for 4 days.


Barber's hair sinus in a female hairdresser: uncommon manifestation of an occupational disease: a case report.

Efthimiadis C, Kosmidis C, Anthimidis G, Grigoriou M, Levva S, Fachantidis P, Psihidis G - Cases J (2008)

A probe passed along the sinus.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2567301&req=5

Figure 2: A probe passed along the sinus.
Mentions: A probe was passed along the sinus (Figure 2). Surgical excision of an area of chronic inflammatory tissue with a sinus tract and multiple visible hairs was carried out under local anesthetic. The drainage and discomfort resolved immediately after the excision. After careful curettage, since all the granular tissue had been removed, the skin was closed by primary intention (two layers). In this way, the functional result could be better and achieved quicker. The patient was discharged the same day and a course of oral antibiotic therapy (amoxycillin-clavulanic acid: 1 g × 2) was administered for 4 days.

Bottom Line: The lesion has been reported to occur mostly on the hands of male hairdressers.She was not hospitalised, while prompt resolution of the condition and prevention of recurrence was achieved.The personal hygiene with thorough removal of any hairs that have penetrated the epidermis during the working day could prevent the formation of the disease.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Interbalkan European Medical Center, Thessaloniki, Greece. dr.ckosmidis@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Barber's disease is an acquired occupational disease produced by short customers' hairs that penetrate the interdigital spaces of the hands. The lesion has been reported to occur mostly on the hands of male hairdressers. The purpose of this article is to report a rare case of a female hairdresser who developed a pilonidal sinus in the interdigital web of her non-dominant hand and review the relevant literature.

Case presentation: A 29 year-old Greek female hairdresser underwent surgical excision of the pilonidal sinus and curettage. She was not hospitalised, while prompt resolution of the condition and prevention of recurrence was achieved.

Conclusion: Pilonidal sinus of the interdigital spaces of the hand is a rare and preventable acquired occupational disease. The personal hygiene with thorough removal of any hairs that have penetrated the epidermis during the working day could prevent the formation of the disease. Surgical excision, curettage and primary healing seem to be a safe method of treatment.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus