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Cyst (cont.)

Cyst Treatment

Treatment for cysts varies depending upon the size, location, and cause of the cyst.

  • Small cysts that do not produce symptoms may not require treatment of any kind.
  • Sometimes cysts are drained with a sterile procedure using a needle and syringe.
  • Surgical removal may be indicated for very large cysts that result in symptoms due to their large size.
  • Surgical treatment may be indicated for large cysts or when the possibility of cancer in a cyst must be ruled out.
  • If a cyst arises as part of a chronic medical condition (for example, in polycystic ovary syndrome or fibrocystic breast disease), treatment is generally directed at the underlying medical condition.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014
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