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Can pilonidal cyst be cancerous?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Not likely.

In brief: Unlikely

Not likely.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Dr. Christian Schultheis
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree

In brief: Very rare

There is a vary rare occurrence of squamous cell cancer is long term chronic wounds (> 10 years).
It is something to be aware about, but very rare indeed. The point is, yes it can happen, but it rarely does happen.

In brief: Very rare

There is a vary rare occurrence of squamous cell cancer is long term chronic wounds (> 10 years).
It is something to be aware about, but very rare indeed. The point is, yes it can happen, but it rarely does happen.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Not typically.

But in very rare cases a chronic inflammation (like from a pilonidal cyst) can result in skin damage which could turn into cancer.
Also, you need to be sure it IS a pilonidal cyst and not a can er that is mistaken for a cyst

In brief: Not typically.

But in very rare cases a chronic inflammation (like from a pilonidal cyst) can result in skin damage which could turn into cancer.
Also, you need to be sure it IS a pilonidal cyst and not a can er that is mistaken for a cyst
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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In brief: Very rare

It would be very rare for a pilonidal cyst to become cancerous.
Very rarely, long term repeated infections over a very long time can result in a rare cancerous condition.

In brief: Very rare

It would be very rare for a pilonidal cyst to become cancerous.
Very rarely, long term repeated infections over a very long time can result in a rare cancerous condition.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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