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What is a pilonidal cyst?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
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In brief: Nest of hair.

An abscess or chronic infection usually at the top of the crease between your buttocks.
Excision would be removal of this collection.

In brief: Nest of hair.

An abscess or chronic infection usually at the top of the crease between your buttocks.
Excision would be removal of this collection.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Nest of Hair

Pilus literally is the latin word for nest.
It is a nest of hair in the gluteal cleft. 79, 000 soldiers had this disease during world war ii. It was considered the jeep drivers' disease form impaction of hair while driving jeeps.

In brief: Nest of Hair

Pilus literally is the latin word for nest.
It is a nest of hair in the gluteal cleft. 79, 000 soldiers had this disease during world war ii. It was considered the jeep drivers' disease form impaction of hair while driving jeeps.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Dr. John Rimmer
Surgery

In brief: A congenital cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a congenital subcutaneous cyst in the buttock area that can get infected and become an abscess treated by incision and drainage or excision.

In brief: A congenital cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a congenital subcutaneous cyst in the buttock area that can get infected and become an abscess treated by incision and drainage or excision.
Dr. John Rimmer
Dr. John Rimmer
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