The cyst may go away on its own. It may need to be treated when it causes problems. This can be done with:
- Surgery to remove the entire cyst, including its contents and cyst wall
- Incision and drainage to remove the cyst contents, though it may return in time
Antibiotics may be given to treat infection.
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