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Neck Dermoid

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Erroneously called sebaceous cyst,  when the dermoid occurs on the scalp, it is called a "wen."



  • Slowly growing cyst that may be a remnant of fetal tissue.  The cells lining the inner wall of the cyst secretes a white keratin, which is a skin byproduct.  If the cyst is subject to injury, it becomes inflamed and tender.
  • The dermoid does not produce the oily material known as sebum, so the term, "sebaceous cyst" is erroneous.

  • An enlarging nodule on the back of the neck or scalp

  • Theories are that injury or hormonal changes produce the cyst.

  • The location, the large size, and the keratin material within the cyst make the diagnosis.

  • Unknown

  • Small dermoid cysts might be observed by watchful waiting.
  • Large dermoid cysts can be removed with a scalpel, using sterile technique.  Two techniques might be used: removal of the whole cyst, or incising the cyst and removing the contents.
  • Inflamed cysts may need special treatment.

  • Incomplete removal sometimes leads to a residual inflamed or draining area in the skin.

  • Consult your physician.

  • Inclusion cysts would be the identical type of cyst, but is formed by the force of injury's driving some epithelium beneath the skin surface, where it forms a knot or nodule, and begins secreting keratin.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes




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