A 33-year-old member asked:
what is a pilonidal cyst?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Zadeh answered
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 these cysts is the blockage of hair follicles in the skin of the area which creates "pits" in the cleft of the buttocks. As the follicles become clogged with hair and skin debris, cyst formation occurs.
Answered on Sep 13, 2018
Dr. John Rimmer answered
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 excision.
Answered on Sep 23, 2016
Dr. Allen Kamrava answered
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 considered the jeep drivers' disease form impaction of hair while driving jeeps.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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