WHAT IS A PILONIDAL CYST OR ABSCESS?
A pilonidal cyst is a fluid pocket near the tailbone (coccyx). These usually occur when hair follicles get irritated and cause a reaction below the skin. When the pilonidal cyst gets infected, it becomes a pilonidal abscess. The infection is a pus filled cavity.
This disease is more common in men than women and occurs from puberty to middle age.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms vary. When small and not infected, a small dimple can be felt. When the cyst becomes infected, an abscess, then a painful lump is found. Fevers, chills, and draining pus may occur.
After one episode of a pilonidal abscess, a tract or sinus may form. This causes recurrent episodes to happen. Surgery is almost always required for recurrent pilonidal abscesses.