Scalp dermoids: A review of their anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment

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  • Background: Scalp dermoid cysts are subcutaneous sacs lined with a stratified squamous epithelium containing developmentally mature ectodermal tissues, including skin, hair follicles, sweat glands, and sebaceous glands. Methods: Because they consist of developmentally mature tissues, scalp dermoid cysts are generally benign. Typically, cysts are limited to an extracranial location, and management generally involves simple surgical resection. Discussion: Because of the potential for intracranial and/or intradural extension associated with some scalp dermoids, however, a comprehensive clinical evaluation incorporating MRI and CT imaging is included in the diagnostic process. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Sorenson EP; Powel JE; Rozzelle CJ; Tubbs RS; Loukas M
  • Start Page

  • 375
  • End Page

  • 380
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 3