Cysts

A sac-like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin. There are many different types of cysts. Most cysts are benign, or noncancerous.

Frequently Asked Questions

A cyst may form if a sac doesn’t break open to release an egg. It may keep growing for a while. Or, after the release of the egg, the sac may not dissolve and fluid may build up in the sac, causing it to get bigger. These 2 types of cysts are the most common and often go away in 1 to 3 months without treatment.

Many cysts, such as a wrist or ovarian cysts, go away on their own. Others, such as skin cysts, grow slowly in size and may go away on their own or may need to be drained if they produce symptoms or become inflamed. Cysts in the cervix may disappear after a woman gives birth. Kidney cysts usually do not go away.

If left untreated, benign cysts can cause serious complications including Infection – the cyst fills with bacteria and pus and becomes an abscess. If the abscess bursts inside the body, there is a risk of blood poisoning (septicaemia).

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