Pediatric Dermoid Cysts
A dermoid cyst is a mature cystic teratoma (slow growing tumor) that contains structures characteristic of normal skin. In pediatric patients, dermoid cysts are small discreet masses that occur most commonly in the head and neck, especially near the lateral eyebrow (side of the eyebrow).
What are Pediatric Dermoid Cysts?
Generally, a cyst is a closed sac with an intact covering that is distinct (or separated) from the nearby tissues. These sacs may vary in size and may contain a variety of body fluids or tissues. The number of different kinds of cysts that can occur in children is quite large. In general, most of these cysts are benign (doesn’t threaten health or life) and slow growing.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Dermoid Cysts
Sign and symptoms may include a lump under the skin. The skin may also look a slight blue color.
How are Pediatric Dermoid Cysts diagnosed?Dermoid cysts are diagnosed through a physical exam.
What are the causes of Pediatric Dermoid Cysts?
These cysts are present at birth and happens when the skin layers do not grow together as they should.
How are Pediatric Dermoid Cysts treated?
The only reliable treatment for dermoid cysts is surgery to remove them. Dermoid cysts often contain both a cyst wall and a central mass of cheese-like material. This material is often viscous or thick and is not well treated by aspiration (insertion of a needle). In order to fully remove the cyst, surgical excision and removal of all components of the cyst is generally required.
Your child's doctor will discuss treatment options with you and your child.
Pediatric Dermoid Cysts Doctors and Providers
Alex Kane, MD Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon
Adam Alder, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Natasha Corbitt, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Diana Diesen, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Lauren Gillory, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Barry Hicks, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Stephen Megison, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Joseph Murphy, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Samir Pandya, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Faisal Qureshi, MD Pediatric Surgeon
Mark Ryan, MD Pediatric Surgeon
James Seaward, MD Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon