What are Some Different Types of Cysts

A cyst is a type of small bag, which occurs in the human body of any age and sex. The bag can contain gas, fluids, or semi solid materials. The cyst is not a part of the body and thus is considered as a foreign element invading the body. The size of a cyst can vary depending upon the stage of development. It can either be found only with the help of a microscope or can go to the extreme level of displacing a normal part of the body. The cyst is covered by an external layer which is known as the capsule.

One can find a cyst in any part of the body, thus there are hundreds of them which can be categorized. This article will mention about some of the common and known cysts.

  • Ovarian cysts
    This is a type of cyst which occurs along with an ovarian tumor. It is most of the times present with the ovarian tumor and very rarely not.
  • Pancreatic cysts
    This is a type of cyst found in the pancreas. The cyst contains fluids which are secreted from the pancreas with the help of the cells that cover the cyst. One type of pancreatic cyst is the pseudo cyst which is much similar to the pancreatic cyst but does not have a special lining cell.
  • Tarlov cysts
    This is type of cyst which is also termed as Meningeal or perineural cyst. This cyst is found in the sacrum- the bones which remain fused at the bottom of the spine.
  • Arachnoid cyst
    This is a cyst which forms in a place which forms in a place between the brain and the spinal cord. It is named thus because it forms on the arachnoid membrane.

There are cysts found in many other body parts like the thyroid gland, joints and tendants, eye lid, skin and behind the knee etc. one of the most common cysts are the epidermal cysts of the skin which can occur on the face, scalp, neck line and the stomach.

Most of the cysts have very little effect on the permanent side. However their symptoms will vary depending upon the cause and the size of the cyst. In very rare cases, cysts can be connected with cancer causing tumors and severe infections. Thus formation of a cyst does not always lead to cancer. Therefore there is nothing to worry about unless it is diagnosed with cancer.

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