Types Of Cysts

Types of Cysts and When to Worry

There are literally hundreds of places in the body where a cyst can develop, and at least as many different types of cysts.

A cyst is simply a sac of abnormal tissue that develops somewhere in the body. Often, cysts are not harmful but in some cases are dangerous and even deadly. They can be microscopic, they can be extremely large, or they can be just about anywhere in between.

So, how does a cyst develop? There are a lot of ways you could end up with a cyst in your body; they are much more common than you might think. Some of the things that can cause cysts are:

There are many places in the body where a cyst can form. The following are some types of cysts named for where they occur in the body.

Cysts can develop in other places, too, such as the breasts or kidneys. Developing a tumor in an organ can be dangerous. Anytime you feel a lump or sudden unexplained tenderness in any area of the body, see your doctor.

Treatment of Cysts

Cysts are usually surgically removed, or “lanced.” Often, the fluid inside is drained using a large needle. Once they cyst has been deflated this way, it can be removed much more easily and through a smaller opening. Sometimes, doctors are only able to remove part of the cyst. In such cases, a laser might be employed to burn away the remaining cystic tissues.

If any infection is present, a regimen of antibiotics will be prescribed. Topical antibiotic and antibacterial solutions will be used before, during, and after the procedure.

If a tumor is found to be malignant, or cancerous, a doctor will work with you to figure out the best method of treatment. Often, this includes removal followed by radiation or chemotherapy to stop further wrong cell growth. You’ll be monitored carefully to check for “spreading,” where you begin to develop more malignant cysts in other areas of the body.


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