A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: cyst?
2 doctor answers
Dr. John Manzella answered
46 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Looks bad but not!: A cyst is a closed sac having a distinct membrane and developing abnormally in a body cavity or structure . Generally benign, there are very few diagnosis that alarm patients that they may have a tumor. Always discuss with your doctor but generally a harmless sac like growth. The classic cyst on the hand is a ganglion cyst.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Otto Placik answered
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Lined sac: A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined may be called pseudo-cysts.
Answered on May 12, 2015
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