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What is the difference between Cyst and Abscess?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Aug 17, 2021

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Bergeront Tiffney

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Bergeront Tiffney
Bergeront Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery

Answered Oct 26, 2020

Cyst and abscess are very similar and confusing. They are really difficult to differentiate; the only possible way they can be differentiated is by the use of a biopsy. The cyst is a sac enclosed by distinct abnormal cells.

The cyst is a benign mass filled with fluid; the cyst is formed in the tissues; the cyst is not painful and harmful. However, that depends on the location, which leads to irritation or sores. An abscess is more tender and filled with pus. It is very painful and comes in different sizes.

An infected cyst leads to an abscess. The cyst can be formed because of many different; it can be caused by trauma, infection, scar tissue formation, and cancer, while Abscess is formed by organisms that destroy existing tissues. It is also caused by some bacteria.

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Elena Sheldon

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Elena Sheldon, Director of research, Diploma in Arts and Science, Berkeley, California

Answered May 12, 2020

A lot of people feel that a cyst and an abscess are similar to each other. A cyst is known to be a type of benign mass. This is full of fluid. The cyst may develop in certain areas, but most of the time that they are harmless. They can only be problematic when they develop in some vital areas. An abscess is known to be similar to a cyst.

They may also vary in sizes so they can be big or small. They can be painful, especially when they develop in various organs. Take note that the abscess can develop when different foreign organisms destroy the tissue. Take note that a cyst and abscess can go together, especially when the cyst becomes infected.

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