There are several different names for the type of cyst that can form in the area above the buttocks. This region of the tailbone is referred to as the gluteal cleft, and the infection that can develop here is sometimes called a gluteal cleft cyst. The gluteal cleft cyst is known more commonly as a pilonidal cyst, but occurrence, symptoms, and treatment are the same for both.

A gluteal cleft cyst forms when hair imbeds itself into the skin causing irritation and inflammation of the area. If left untreated, the area can then turn into an infected growth that becomes a gluteal cleft cyst. At this point, the pain and discomfort from the cyst can affect a person’s quality of life.

What are the Symptoms of a Gluteal Cleft Cyst?

Patients may not notice any symptoms, especially in the early stage of the disease, but some of the common symptoms a person can experience include:
• Pain at the base of the back
• Reddened and swollen skin
• Fevers
• Pus drainage

A helpful practice for encouraging gluteal cleft cyst recovery is to remove the hair around the cyst site. The area can be maintained with shaving or laser hair removal.

Can a Gluteal Cleft Cyst Go Away without Treatment?

A gluteal cleft cyst requires a surgical procedure to remove the cyst completely. The methods used at the Pilonidal Cyst Surgery Center are advanced and help our patients by reducing the chance of infection and recurrence.

We advocate a technique that removes the entire gluteal cleft cyst and covers the incision with tissue from the surrounding area. Recovery time from the surgery is minimal, needing only one to two weeks.

Ask Our Gluteal Cleft Cyst Experts How We Can Help

If you have a recurring pilonidal cyst and seek a treatment to remove it once and for all, please contact the Pilonidal Cyst Surgery Center Los Angeles today to schedule your consultation. Call 888.397.7135 today to learn about your treatment options. We’ll discuss what is best for you.

Next, read more about what to expect when you have a pilonidal abscess.