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Picture of Pilonidal Cyst

Picture of Pilonidal Cyst

A pilonidal cyst is an abscess that forms above the crease of the buttocks. These initially small areas of infection may become a large, inflamed nodule over time. The cyst may make it difficult or uncomfortable to sit. The infection often begins in a hair follicle. Prolonged sitting may trigger the formation of this type of cyst.

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Text Reference: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, vol. 43, 2000: "Pilonidal Cyst: Cause and Treatment"