Pilonidal cysts can cause discomfort for many. At Colon and Rectal Surgery of Manhattan, our doctors are trained to diagnose and remove these cysts to help New York City, NY patients find relief from the discomfort and swelling. Patients can visit their offices in the Murray Hill neighborhood.
Pilonidal cysts, also known as Jeep Driver’s disease, are cysts which contain skin and hair debris and are located at the bottom of the tailbone or the cleft of the buttocks. They can become infected and will become pilonidal abscesses. Pilonidal abscesses appear to resemble a large blemish at the bottom of the tailbone, just above the separation of the buttocks. These are more common in men than in women and usually occur in younger people but can be found in people in their 40s.
The symptoms include:
When should I seek medical care?
A pilonidal cyst is an abscess or boil and will need to be drained to improve. If any of the above symptoms occur, consult your physician.
The doctor can diagnose the condition by taking the person’s medical and family history and performing a physical exam. During the exam, the doctor looks for:
A number of procedures can be used including:
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