Cyst on tailbone

Submitted by Lynn on April 2, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Lynn,

So you want to know what a cyst on your tailbone is? Well, it is a cyst that develops on the natal cleft region of the buttocks. It is also and most commonly referred to as a pilonidal cyst or sinus.

Upon further observation, they usually contain hair and pus. They are also very painful and can be debilitating, preventing you from sitting, walking, or lying down properly.

A tailbone cyst can develop for a number of reasons. You can see some here. Some common causes are sitting for prolonged lengths of time, obesity, tight clothing, or hair follicles retracting back into the skin.

Tailbone cysts are actually quite common, usually affecting the younger crowd (people between the ages of 15 to 40). They are also more common in males than in females.

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Michael Lynch is a former pilonidal cyst sufferer, freelance medical health researcher and writer. He devotes much of his free time helping other sufferers deal and cope with this terrible disease. Contact Michael

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