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i'm a med student with previous pilonidal cystectomy 4 years ago. a new cyst has resurfaced with some ulceration and drainage. should i be worried?

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Dr. Brian Clear
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High recurrence rate: Recurrence rates for pilonidal cysts even after extensive excision are high. Preventative hygiene practices such as daily to twice daily washing with antibacterial soap (one of the very few reasons to use the stuff) or even use of a decolonization protocol with Chlorhexidine or very dilute bleach baths per your doc or surgeon's instruction can be helpful.
Answered on Nov 21, 2015
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