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Pilonidal cyst

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Cyst on tailbone: A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops in the midline of the tailbone near the cleft of the buttocks. The most accepted theory for the cause of thes ... Read More
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Dr. John Rimmer
38 years experience General Surgery
A congenital cyst : A pilonidal cyst is a congenital subcutaneous cyst in the buttock area that can get infected and become an abscess treated by incision and drainage or ... Read More
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
14 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Nest of Hair: Pilus literally is the latin word for nest. It is a nest of hair in the gluteal cleft. 79, 000 soldiers had this disease during world war ii. It was c ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Shaving, surgery: Uncomplicated cysts can often be managed with shaving the area. Dislodged hairs that work into the cyst cause the infection. Of course, some folks who ... Read More
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Dr. Jeremy Weinberger
22 years experience General Surgery
Hair removal : Pilonidal cyst is actually a misnomer. It is best called pilonidal disease. It is due to ingrown hair in the inter gluteal crease. The treatment is tw ... Read More
Dr. Allen Kamrava
14 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Surgery: The only treatment for pilonidal disease is surgery. There are numerous surgeries offered for this. Ultimately, it will be what your surgeon is most c ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
31 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Pilonidal cysts occur between the buttocks below the coccyx near the anus. They can cause intense pain and burning but only local small nerves are in ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: But if the infection is caused by invasive bacteria such as mrsa, it is possible. Seemingly trivial infections can turn into a life-threatening condi ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Pilonidal cysts can be painful, become infected, drain purulent fluid or blood. Thay can be treated with antibiotics when infected. They can be remove ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes; not recommended: You can. It increases the chance of getting a worse infection and worse scarring after healing. See your doctor and let them help in your care.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
See doctor: Pilonidal cyst can often be managed with local care- shaving hair in the area, occasional antibiotics if redness and swelling occur. Cysts with relati ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
See a surgeon: Medical treatment with antibiotics & soaking in warm bath water may help temporarily. See a surgeon if you need an infection drained or if a surgical ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Shave; have surgery: Uncomplicated cysts can often be managed with shaving the area. Dislodged hairs that work into the cyst cause the infection. Of course, some folks who ... Read More
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