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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a cyst?

A cyst is a round, firm lump found almost anywhere on your body. Cysts may grow slowly but are usually not cancer.

What are the signs and symptoms of a cyst?

Signs and symptoms depend on the type and where it is located. You may have any of the following:

How is a cyst diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask if you have symptoms, such as pain or stiffness. Tell him or her if you have ever had a cyst in the same area. You may need any of the following:

How is a cyst treated?

You may need any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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