What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?
Pilonidal Cysts are not true “cysts,” but rather long standing skin infections in the gluteal cleft, or buttock crease, above or near the tailbone. Small holes, or pits, in the skin can develop in the cleft for a number of reasons. Hair then gets trapped in these pits and causes chronic infection which is often accompanied by pain, redness, and drainage. Pus, or an abscess, can develop. This often needs to be initially drained in the office or operating room. Once the pus is addressed, or if there is no pus, a number of procedures can be performed.