Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pilonidal Cyst Overview

What is a pilonidal cyst?
A person with a pilonidal cyst has fluid-filled sac under the skin in the upper part of the buttock crease. If left untreated it may become infected and form a pilonidal abscess.

What are the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst?
Symptoms of a pilonidal cyst may include a swollen lump under the skin between the buttocks. The lump may become painful or tender.

How does the doctor treat a pilonidal cyst?
Treatment for a pilonidal cyst may include warm baths, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and antibiotics. Surgery may be required to remove the cyst and prevent future infection.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pilonidal Cyst References
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