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Location and Treatment for Pilonidal Cyst

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A pilonidal cyst is a closed sac under the skin at the top of the crease between the buttocks.

Treatments for pilonidal cysts include:

  • Incision and drainage: Your doctor will make a simple cut (incision) in the cyst. This allows the fluid to drain out of the cyst.
  • Excision (surgery): Your doctor will do surgery (excision) to remove the whole cyst. This may be done if the cyst gets infected again, doesn't heal after being drained, or has more than one opening.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerC. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery

Current as ofApril 15, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 15, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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