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What are cyst symptoms and signs?

The majority of small cysts have no symptoms or signs. However, sometimes the cysts can be felt as a lump or bump in the skin or even in the tissues beneath the skin. Sometimes these cysts are painful. Cysts not associated with the skin but with internal organs may not produce any symptoms if they are small. If the cysts become large and displace or compress other organs or block normal fluid flows in tissues like the liver, pancreas, or other organs, then symptoms related to those organs may develop.

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Comment from: Rosedala, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have a weird case of only one tiny bump appearing only in one spot, while I read everywhere it's usually bumps all over or a few, never only one. To explain, for about 6 months or so a tiny bump on my neck, a little towards the back, frequently and intensely stings and itches. It raises itself a little more when the stinging and itching appear. My dermatologist called it a cyst and said because it is under the skin she can't freeze it as she does my occasional keratitis. I'm awfully puzzled as to what it is and why nothing was done to either excise or aspire it with a needle.

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Comment from: Taylorbell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have a cyst on my left shoulder, a bump under the skin. I had it check years ago and was told it was nothing to worry about. But in the past few years it has started to have a smell! Not all the time, but, when I go to a doctor it never has that smell. I can smell it and it is not good. I am worried others can smell it also. It is a sour smell, like clothes that have been left in the washer for days. If you rub your finger across it the smell is on your finger. It also causes my shoulder to hurt at times.

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Comment from: julaboola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have a number of back/neck problems. My joints throughout my body are swollen on a daily basis. I have chronic pain and I take narcotic medication. Lately I have been finding small cysts under my skin and when I find them it is because I may have a very itchy place so as I am scratching, I then tend to find these cysts. Most of them are right on or close to my bones or muscles. They do get sore (some of them) and some of them are either in a cluster or very close together.

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