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Scand J Gastroenterol. 2004 Oct;39(10):1021-4.

Recurrent omphalitis in adults.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Henry Dunant Hospital, Athens, Greece.


Recurrent omphalitis is seen more frequently in children, but clinicians world-wide are occasionally challenged by cases of recurrent omphalitis in adults. Apart from folliculitis and infections associated with pilonidal cysts and piercing of the umbilical area, the clinician should consider the possibility of infected remnants of the allantois or the omphalomesenteric (vitelline) duct in adult patients with recurrent omphalitis. Imaging tests such as ultrasound and computed tomography scan frequently help to identify the exact cause of recurrent omphalitis. The combined surgical and medical management usually leads to cure of the problem.

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