Digital Myxoid Cysts: Causes and Treatment
The digital mucous cyst (CM) is a common type of cyst. They are usually found in the groin area or behind the knees. These cysts are caused by bacteria, which live on your skin, but do not cause any symptoms.
You may have one every few years without knowing it because they often go unnoticed until they become painful.
Cysts form when germs multiply inside the body. When these germs come into contact with moisture, they produce pus. Pus contains a mixture of blood, dead cells and other substances that make up the cyst’s contents.
If left untreated, cysts can grow very large and block vital organs like the bladder or kidneys from working properly. They can even lead to death if not treated promptly.
A cyst is classified as either an endometriosis cyst or a myxoid cyst depending on how it was formed. Endometriosis cysts are those that develop during menstruation. A myxoid cyst develops when there is a tear in the lining of the uterus, causing fluid to accumulate inside the abdomen.
Both types of cysts can affect both men and women equally, although they tend to occur at different times in life.
It is a good idea to go to the doctor if you notice an unusual bump or lump on or in your skin. There are many possible causes for these symptoms, and seeing a medical professional early can help you to rule out any serious conditions. If you have been experiencing severe pain in the affected region, it is best to seek medical attention immediately.
The good thing about cysts is that they rarely turn into cancerous tumors, and whether they are painful or not, they will require treatment.
Treating a cyst can be a relatively simple procedure if it is caught early enough. For instance, if the cyst in question is a myxoid cyst, it may be as simple as draining the fluid with a needle. This procedure may be slightly more involved if the cyst is an endometriosis cyst.
In this case, the doctor will likely perform a laparoscopy in order to remove it.
There are many possible causes for a cyst of any kind to develop. It is important to remember that only a trained physician should be able to determine what kind of treatment is necessary for your specific case.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Skin excision and osteophyte removal is not required in the surgical treatment of digital myxoid cysts by C Lawrence – Archives of dermatology, 2005 – jamanetwork.com
Treatment of myxoid cysts by DAR De Berker, CM Lawrence – Dermatologic surgery, 2001 – journals.lww.com
Office management of digital mucous cysts by TJ Zuber – American family physician, 2001 – aafp.org