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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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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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What treats pilonidal cyst ?

What treats pilonidal cyst ?

Surgery: The only treatment for pilonidal disease is surgery. There are numerous surgeries offered for this. Ultimately, it will be what your surgeon is most comfortable with and has done most often. ...Read more

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Could pilonidal cyst hit nerve?

Could pilonidal cyst hit nerve?

No: Pilonidal cysts occur between the buttocks below the coccyx near the anus. They can cause intense pain and burning but only local small nerves are in that area not big nerves. ...Read more

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Can u die from a pilonidal cyst?

Can u die from a pilonidal cyst?

Not likely: But if the infection is caused by invasive bacteria such as mrsa, it is possible. Seemingly trivial infections can turn into a life-threatening condition if not treated properly. See a surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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Could i live with pilonidal cyst?

Could i live with pilonidal cyst?

Yes: Pilonidal cysts can be painful, become infected, drain purulent fluid or blood. Thay can be treated with antibiotics when infected. They can be removed with surgery. Should you so choose, you can keep your pilonidal cyst and deal with any problems they cause you. ...Read more

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Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

Yes; not recommended: You can. It increases the chance of getting a worse infection and worse scarring after healing. See your doctor and let them help in your care. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pilonidal cyst?

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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What can I do about my pilonidal cyst?

What can I do about my pilonidal cyst?

See a surgeon: Medical treatment with antibiotics & soaking in warm bath water may help temporarily. See a surgeon if you need an infection drained or if a surgical procedure to remove the pilonidal region is indicated for you. ...Read more

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What should I do about pilonidal cyst?

What should I do about pilonidal cyst?

See doctor: Pilonidal cyst can often be managed with local care- shaving hair in the area, occasional antibiotics if redness and swelling occur. Cysts with relatively few symptoms can "burn out" by age 40 or so; it is rare to see folks over 40 with pilonidal cyst symptoms! however, your doctor can help you determine what treatment is most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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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 ...Read more