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Multiple Pilar Cyst Syndrome

Posted by Welmoed on July 23, 1999 at 10:54:32
What causes this? Since about age 32 I have gone from one cyst on my scalp to a dozen or more (am now 39). Dermatologist wasn't too clear on the cause, but he claimed there is no real treatment. Is that true? Is there nothing I can do to reduce their incidence, or at least reduce the chance of them becoming infected? Will the cysts spread to other parts of my body or will they be confined to the scalp? Thanks very much.
Posted by DERM M.D. ASR on July 23, 1999 at 15:35:43
Dear Welmoed:
People with many pilar cysts often have other family members with the same trait.
While there's no way to prevent new ones from coming, pilar cysts are very easy to remove.  A little anesthetic, a small incision, and the cyst pops right out.  No shaving or suturing needed.
They never get infected, and the trait appears nowhere but the scalp.
Hope this helps.
Dr. R
Keywords: pilar, cysts, Rockoff



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