What is it?

Pilonidal cyst is a sac containing a hair follicle and debris, typically located above the tailbone. It occurs when hair penetrates the skin, becomes embedded and then gets infected. The infection causes pain and discomfort. Pilonidal cysts are more common in young men, especially in people who sit for long periods during the day.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Pilonidal pits

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include pain, and red discoloration of the skin in the area.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination.


Treatment includes drainage of the cyst. If it recurs, it may require a surgery to remove it entirely.

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