Pilonidal Cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a cyst at the bottom of the tailbone that can become infected and filled with pus. Once infected, the technical term is pilonidal abscess and looks like a large pimple at the bottom of the tailbone, just above the crack of the buttocks. It is more common in men than in women.

The symptoms experienced by someone with a pilonidal cyst include the following:
  • Pain at the bottom of the spine
  • Swelling at the bottom of the spine
  • Redness at the bottom of the spine
  • Draining pus
  • Fever
A pilonidal cyst is an abscess or boil. Like a boil, it does not improve with antibiotics. We have a number of procedures available to drain or lance it so it will heal.