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what is a pilonidal cyst?

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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 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
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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 excision.
Answered on Sep 23, 2016
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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 considered the jeep drivers' disease form impaction of hair while driving jeeps.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Nest of hair. : An abscess or chronic infection usually at the top of the crease between your buttocks. Excision would be removal of this collection.
Answered on May 7, 2017

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