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Posted by Rambo on September 30, 1999 at 11:52:16:

Dr Stoll

I have a new cyst on my neck. The doctor said it has fat in it so I suppose it is sebaceous cyst. When it got infection about a month ago, I thought it was a big acne but then the doctor confirmed it is cyst. Now although the infection is over, the cyst is still red in colour and the shape is not a round one, it is 2cm long and less than 1 cm wide, and not no more pain.

I like to know:

1. Will there be any chance of it getting smaller than the present size or disappear spontanously?

2. It is not painful now but how come it is still red in colour?

3. When the cyst was still having infection and painful last week, the doctor did scan it and found out that there was only a little bit pus in it, how come now no more pain and infection and the cyst still that big (2cm long and less than 1 cm wide)?

4. The doctor whom I consulted is a general consultant/surgeon, do you think it is better for me to consult a dermatologist/skin specialist?

5. The doctor said he wants to wait until my cyst is 1cm big then he will incise the cyst for me so the scar will be smaller. With the present size of my cyst, if go for incision, how many stitches are needed and how bad will be the scar?

6. In fact I also have few other cysts and have recurrence of infection many times already. Is the cyst problem inherited from parents? My parents also have this problem.

I will be due to see doctor again next week but I am very anxious to know the anwers to my above questions so I hope you are able to help me.

Thank you in advance.



Re: Cyst (Archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 01, 1999 at 10:26:07:

In Reply to: Cyst posted by Rambo on September 30, 1999 at 11:52:16:

Hi, Rambo.

NOW, while the cysts are quiet, is the time to have them removed. The story about waiting till they get bigger (so there will be less scar) is pretty funny. Bigger incision will make less scar? Come on. If this doc doesn't know how to remove them find another. ANY good family practitioner would know how to do this. SO, a general surgeon should be as at least as good at it as any dermatologist (Who, in MY experience are not very good surgeons.)

Normally, the size you are talking about take about one stitch. And your surgeon is going to use "less" stitches when they get bigger (I am still grinning.)?

See the link I have prepared for you below to prevent new ones. The only thing I know of to get rid or those already present is surgery.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: Cyst (Archive)- Dr Stoll

Posted by Rambo on October 01, 1999 at 11:10:00:

In Reply to: Re: Cyst (Archive) posted by Walt Stoll on October 01, 1999 at 10:26:07:

Dear Dr Stoll

Thank you very much for your reply. Will this one stitch make ugly scar on my neck? I really don't want to have scar on my neck, if possible..... : (

I actually have scheduled to see the dermatologist next Thursday, and the general surgeon next Saturday.....but after seeing your reply, I might change my mind....



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