Location and treatment for pilonidal cyst

Picture of 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. Treatment methods for pilonidal cysts include:

  • Incision and drainage: A cut (incision) is made in the cyst, and the infected material, such as pus, is drained out.
  • Excision: The entire cyst is removed (excision).

Last Updated: November 25, 2009

Author: Maria Essig

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery

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