Definition of Cysts:

A closed pocket or pouch of tissue; a cyst may form within any tissue in the body and can be filled with air, fluid, pus, or other material.  Cysts within the lung generally are air-filled, while cysts involving the lymph system or kidneys are fluid filled.  Cysts under the skin are benign, extremely common, movable lumps.  These may develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands, developmental abnormalities or around foreign bodies.

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Boils, Abscesses, Carbuncles

...recommendation Surgery
“...For pilonidal cysts, surgically removing the cyst lining is important...”

Cancer, General

...our question about Cysts (female)
Cysts are very common and rarely turn into cancers, but it is important to make sure...”
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...the condition
“A cyst is an abnormal growth consisting of a closed sac filled with fluid or solid material...”
...relationship to Tapeworm Infection
“A tapeworm cyst can settle in the brain, eye, liver, or elsewhere.”
...recommendation Alkalizing Agents/Diet
“Some doctors believe that a tendency to form cysts occurs more frequently in those with an acidic body pH...”
...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“Generalized cysts may be due to allergies...”
...recommendation Surgery
“A very large cyst that causes significant symptoms can be surgically removed, or drained by inserting a needle or catheter into the cavity...”


...the condition
“...Amebiasis is contracted by swallowing the cyst stage of the parasite in contaminated food or water...”

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

...the condition
“...While lymph nodes are the most common cause of a lump or a bump under the skin, there are other less common causes which should be ruled out ... benign cysts...”

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

...the condition
“...However, recent research has offered new hope because it has shown a strong connection between the wearing of bras and benign fibrocystic lumps, cysts and pain.  For example, Dr. Gregory Heigh of Florida has found that over 90% of women with fibrocystic changes find improvement when they stop wearing their brassieres...”
...our question about Breast cysts
“The most common cause of breast cysts is fibrocystic breast disease.”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“...Some women's breast tissue seems to produce cysts as a result of caffeine intake...”
...recommendation Change In Clothing Habits
“Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer (authors of Dressed to Kill, Avery Press, 1995) suggest that some 80% of bra-wearers who experience lumps, cysts or tenderness will see those symptoms vanish, "within a month of getting rid of the bra...”

Gallbladder Cancer

...the condition
“...Factors that increase one's risk of developing gallbladder cancer include ... Choledochal cysts (bile-filled sacs that are attached to the bile duct)...”

Giardiasis Infection

...the condition
“...The dormant form – a 'cyst' – is protected by an outer shell, making it exceptionally hardy and able to tolerate extremes of both pH and temperature...”
...recommendation Wheat Germ
“N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (NAG) residues are major structural components of both giardia cysts and trophozoites...”
...recommendation Pippali rasayana
“...Agarwals' research team conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 50 subjects, all of whom had clinical signs and symptoms of giardiasis, as well as giardia trophozoites and cysts in the stool...”


...relationship to Ovarian Cysts
“...and Gynaecologists, reported by the BBC in April of 2009, found that 70-80% of cases of female Hirsutism are caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, an abnormality of the ovaries where many small cysts appear due to elevated testosterone levels.”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the tests available to females include ... Pelvic and physical examination – the ovaries will be checked for cysts, swelling and tumors...”

Iodine Requirement

...our question about Breast cysts
“Iodine treatment has been shown to reduce breast pain and cyst size.  It is believed that iodine-deficient breast tissue starts a process in which small cysts develop and later harden.”

Irregular Periods

...the condition
“...exercise / overtraining; Alcohol; Uterine abnormalities such as cervical polyps, uterine fibroids and endometriosis; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Affecting about 10% of women, PCOS causes cysts to form on the ovaries, interfering with regular ovulation...”

Kidney Cancer

...the condition
“...Tuberous sclerosis is a disease characterized by small tumors of the blood vessels, which result in numerous bumps on the skin, mental retardation, seizures, cysts in the kidneys, liver, and pancreas and RCC...”

Kidney Disease

...the condition
“...The kidneys become filled with cysts, which cause the kidneys to become less effective, and eventually leads to kidney failure...”
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Liver Abscess

...the condition
“Alternative names: Hepatic abscess, Hepatic amebiasis, Extraintestinal amebiasis, Amebic liver A liver abscess is a pus-filled cyst inside the liver...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...our question about Breast cysts
“...If it is not fully functioning, estrogen can build up in the body and increase the risk of breast cysts.”


...relationship to Ovarian Cysts
“Ovarian cysts may cause a variety of menstrual abnormalities, including Metrorrhagia, depending on the hormone produced by the cyst.  Metrorrhagia can also be a result of an ovarian cyst being unusually large, blocking the blood supply or rupturing.”

Ovarian Cysts

...the condition
“An ovary can frequently become enlarged by a cyst – a fluid-filled compartment or sac formed by an envelope of ovarian tissue...”
...related topic
“...Rarely, a very large cyst can become twisted and stop its own blood supply, possibly causing nausea, fever or severe abdominal pain...”
...our question about Duration of current vomiting episodes
“...cysts can cause chronic vomiting: 1) When an ovarian cyst ruptures, fluid and sometimes blood are released into the ovary or surrounding tissues; 2) In some women the cause can be severe pain from a cyst; 3) Irritation of tissues in the abdomen.”
...recommendation Hydrotherapy
“Hydrotherapy applied to the abdomen may help prevent a cyst from rupturing...”


...the condition
“...Surgery may be required to remove gallstones, drain obstructed bile ducts or remove fluid-filled cysts.  After treatment, alcohol abstinence is highly recommended...”

Parasite Infection

...the condition
“...Protozoa form cysts, or a resting stage, where they become resistant to temperature extremes, chemicals and drying...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...the condition
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), previously known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a disorder in which numerous benign cysts form on the ovaries under a thick, white covering...”

Poor Cerebral Circulation

...the condition
“...The clot and dead tissue are removed by macrophages, and the damaged area is invaded by connective tissue and glia, often producing a fluid-filled cyst.  Thrombosis most commonly involves formation of a clot at a site of vessel lumen constriction due to growth of atherosclerotic plates...”

Problems Associated With Snoring

...the condition
“...Cysts and tumors...”


...related topic
“...These cysts have a protective layer that surrounds them and keeps chemicals from penetrating them...”

Remove Wisdom Teeth a treatment
“...Cyst Formation...”


...the condition
“...The red spots and pustules are dome-shaped rather than pointed and there are no blackheads, whiteheads, deep cysts, or lumps...”


...the condition
“...There may be pain in the hands, feet or other bony areas due to the formation of cysts (an abnormal sac-like growth) in bones...”


...our question about Breast cysts
“Suppressed, emotional stress is linked to breast cysts.”

Tapeworm Infection

...the condition
“...The adult tapeworms live in the predator (definitive host, for example a dog), while the prey (intermediate host, for example a sheep) plays host to the intermediate stages, most commonly called cysts or cysticerci...”

Thyroid Cancer

...the condition
“...An ultrasound scan to look at the thyroid and neck and determine whether there are lots of lumps or just one, and whether the lumps are solid or filled with fluid (cysts).  A single, solid lump is most likely to be cancer...”


...the condition
“...The threadlike worms spend most of their lives curled up inside a protective capsule or cyst in muscle tissue...”

Ultrasound Imaging a treatment
“...Ultrasound can help to examine the fallopian tubes, ovaries and other reproductive organs in cases of infertility, or to look for cysts or other foreign objects...”
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