Location and treatment for pilonidal cyst

Location of pilonidal cyst with details of incision and excision

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

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016

Current as of: February 5, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine