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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

Pilonidal cyst is a pus-filled abscess or sore that develops in the skin over the tail bone. Treatment is draining out the cyst.

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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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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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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

Use over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or naproxen
Daily
Try not pop or squeeze the cyst
Once
If the cyst gets more painful, ask your doctor about possible drainage
Once
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What are the symptoms of pilonidal cysts?

None: Patients with pilonidal cysts may not have any symptoms at all. In others the cyst may become infected resulting in inflammation and pain. The infected cyst may grow and rupture into the surrounding tissue, forming an abscess. Infected pilonodal cysts/abscesses can cause severe pain, redness, swelling, and warmth of the skin of the tailbone area. Abscesses may cause fever and drainage of pus. ...Read more

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Treating a Stye (Tip)

Treating a Stye

Most of the time, it's not a hordeolum, it's a chalazion which needs more treatment. ...See more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

If they're small, they can be observed only
Every other month
If cysts are getting bigger, consult Orthopedist
3x year
Know some subside by themselves, but can come back
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Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Yes.: There are several surgical approaches to pilonidal cyst removal. The classic approach left a large open wound which healed in over time; recurrence was lower, but wound care was a problem. Newer approaches focus on smaller wounds and primarily closed wounds. More extensive procedures with flaps are generally reserved in the us for more extensive or recurrent disease. ...Read more

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Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

surgically excised: A pilonidal cyst, also referred to as a pilonidal abscess, pilonidal sinus or sacrococcygeal fistula, is a cyst or abscess near or on the natal cleft of the buttocks that often contains hair and skin debris. Sometimes, cyst is asymptomatic. Treatment may include antibiotic therapy, hot compresses and application of depilatory creams. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be surgically excised. ...Read more

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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