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Pilonidal Cyst (cont.)

Pilonidal Cyst Symptoms and Signs

As previously mentioned, some individuals with a pilonidal cyst may be asymptomatic, and the only finding may be a dimple or an opening in the skin (sinus tract) in the sacrococcygeal area. However, if the pilonidal cyst becomes infected, the following signs and symptoms may develop:

  • Pain over the lower spine
  • Redness of the skin
  • Warmth of the skin
  • Localized swelling over the lower spine
  • Drainage of pus from an opening in the skin (sinus tract) over the lower spine
  • Fever (uncommon)

Less commonly, pilonidal cysts can develop in other areas of the body such as the hands.

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Pilonidal disease was first reported in 1833. Sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus is a common disorder among young adults.

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