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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Pilonidal Cyst (Overview)

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


Dr. Zahid Chohan
Board Certified, General Surgery
41 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Zahid Chohan
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Removal of pus: Opening the top layer of infected pilonidal cyst and draning the contained pus from the cavity of the cyst. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Pilonidal Cyst (Overview)

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


Dr. Andres Katz
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
44 years in practice
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How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

Dr. Andres Katz
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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My 27 yo son has pain at the bottom of his spine. He has no external sign that might be related to a cyst but i wonder if he has a pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
11 years in practice
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My 27 yo son has pain at the bottom of his spine. He has no external sign that might be related to a cyst but i wonder if he has a pilonidal cyst?

He needs to see his : Doctor. Pilonidal cyst is easily diagnosed following an examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of pilonidal cysts?

Dr. Michael Zadeh
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
33 years in practice
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Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Jan Rakinic
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marina Landa
Board Certified, Pathology
27 years in practice
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Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

Dr. Marina Landa
Board Certified, Pathology
27 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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What are the tests for pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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How do I know when my pilonidal cyst is infected ?

Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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How do I know when my pilonidal cyst is infected ?

Pain: Pain, redness, are the main symptoms of infected pilonidal cyst. They might open up spontaneously with draining pus. ...Read more

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Dr. William m Simpson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
44 years in practice
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Best antibiotics for pilonidal cyst? what is the name of a sinus infection in the groin region caused by pilonidal cyst?

Dr. William m Simpson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
44 years in practice
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Best antibiotics for pilonidal cyst? what is the name of a sinus infection in the groin region caused by pilonidal cyst?

No one best: The best antibiotic depends on the organism. Often it is a skin related staph or strep. Consider I&D to get sample of pus with culture. Some would treat with Cephalexin or Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole. Cyst in groin, not pilonidal (only at base of spine).Groin cyst maybe ingrown hair, maybe hydradenitis suppurativa, requiring further eval and rx. ...Read more

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Dr. Steve Howe
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
24 years in practice
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After researching I've found that I may have a pilonidal cyst but I have a white lump, not red, at the top of anus area. What's that mean?

Dr. Steve Howe
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
24 years in practice
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After researching I've found that I may have a pilonidal cyst but I have a white lump, not red, at the top of anus area. What's that mean?

Is it draining: Drainage from the area is more a telltale sign than skin color. Pilonidal cysts generally hurt alot and drain foul smelling fluid when infected. Some can sit dormant and just hurt . They usually requiring surgery to get rid of them . ...Read more

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