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Cysts Overview

What are cysts?
A cyst is an abnormal collection of fluid that is surrounded by a wall of tissue. Cysts can occur within any organ, including the skin. Cysts are rarely serious, unless they place pressure against surrounding structures or become infected and form a skin abscess. An abscess is a type of cyst that contains infected material.

What are the symptoms of cysts?
Symptoms of cysts include a swollen skin lump that may become tender or drain fluid.

How does the doctor treat cysts?
Treatment for cysts depends on the location of the cyst and whether or not it is infected. Treatment options include warm wet compresses and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cysts References
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