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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It heals.

Contents spill out.
Inflammation subsides. Cyst heals. Sometimes recurs.

In brief: It heals.

Contents spill out.
Inflammation subsides. Cyst heals. Sometimes recurs.
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It starts to heal

Most sebaceous cysts do not rupture on their own without some "help" in the form of picking, squeezing, or popping with a needle.
If they become infected, they can indeed rupture, and then they begin to heal. If the sac that forms the sebaceous material remains, the cyst can recur. Surgical excision or drainage (with sac removal) gives the best chance of non-recurrence and least scarring.

In brief: It starts to heal

Most sebaceous cysts do not rupture on their own without some "help" in the form of picking, squeezing, or popping with a needle.
If they become infected, they can indeed rupture, and then they begin to heal. If the sac that forms the sebaceous material remains, the cyst can recur. Surgical excision or drainage (with sac removal) gives the best chance of non-recurrence and least scarring.
Dr. Richard Tholen
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