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What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Temporizing Treatmen: Incision and drainage is when a physician makes a specific type of incision to remove the pus inside a pilonidal cyst. This is not a cure for pilonidal disease. It is a temporizing treatment to remove the active infection. To cure the disease, a subsequent surgery must be done once all the inflammation has subsided. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

The two common ways : Are to cut out the entire cyst along with its lining and close it up directly with stitches after thoroughly washing it out or to cut it out entirely but leave it open with packing that needs to be changed and then washed out several times letting it heal from the floor of where the cyst was or use a device known as a woundvac to force it to heal quicker with similar wound care. ...Read more

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How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

It depends: All pilonidal cysts are infected to a degree. When there is redness and pus drainage is done. Whe the infection is controlled wide excision is done. Either method carry a 30% recurrence rate. ...Read more

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What is a pilonidal cyst?

What is a pilonidal cyst?

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. ...Read more

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Will i be able to drain a pilonidal cyst at home?

ABSOLUTELY NOT: In case of an infected pilonidal cyst, get thee to a doctor or urgent care center. To attempt an i & d (incision and drainage) by yourself is foolish and dangerous. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would it be a bad idea to try to pop my pilonidal cyst?

Would it be a bad idea to try to pop my pilonidal cyst?

On your own NO: Pilonidal sinus, abscess needs urgent incision and drainage by a physician, if undrained may lead severe complications like necrotizing fasicitis etc, a trained professional can help you with minimum pain, please see your physician or go to er. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a pilonidal cyst?

Often surgery: Cysts with few symptoms may be treated conservatively, with shaving the area free of hair, and perhaps oral antibiotics for minor swelling. However, more symptomatic cysts usually require resection. Newer approaches favor smaller incisions, often off the midline, with closure of the wound for more rapid healing. Flap closure is usually reserved for complex or recurrent disease in the U.S. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drain a pilonidal cyst yourself?

No: Without proper medical training you may worsen the situation or further injure yourself. Also it would be nearly impossible for a person to see that area properly & be able to perform incision & drainage & wound packing under sterile conditions. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Incision And Drainage (Definition)

A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. The doctor may cut open and drain the abscess, after placing some numbing medicine in the area. Packing material may be left in wound to help it heal and ...Read more


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