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Location and Treatment for Pilonidal Cyst

Treatment methods for a pilonidal cyst

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 Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery

Current as ofApril 15, 2014

Current as of: April 15, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery

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