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What causes pilonidal cyst?

Some people are born with a small abnormal area under the skin, which later can develop into a pilonidal cyst. In other cases, the cyst may develop from ingrown hairs between the buttocks.

In most people, there is no definite way to tell whether the cyst has been present from birth or has developed from ingrown hairs.

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