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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.


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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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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.


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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 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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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

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What are the tests for pilonidal cyst?

None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests. ...Read more

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How do I know when my pilonidal cyst is infected ?

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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Best antibiotics for pilonidal cyst? what is the name of a sinus infection in the groin region caused by pilonidal cyst?

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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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?

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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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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