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What is a dermoid cyst? and why would a one year old get one?

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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Dermoid: A dermoid cyst is a cystic teratoma that contains developmentally mature skin complete with hair follicles and sweat glands, sometimes clumps of long hair, and often pockets of sebum, blood, fat, bone, nails, teeth, eyes, cartilage, and thyroid tissue. Because it contains mature tissue, a dermoid cyst is almost always benign. From wiki.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Dermoid cysts on the face often appear just lateral to the eyebrow or more rarely between the eyebrows. They are most often benign, but usually warrant surgical removal to avoid an contour deformity (lump) on the face. Nobody really knows why they occur.
Jan 21, 2012
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Sack: A dermis cyst is a sack like structure under the skin. It is produced during fetal development when skin structures are trapped under the skin. There is not an exact cause.
Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
The importance is to beware a midline dermal cyst which can communicate with the brain. Other dermoids may be pluripotential cell liines which may need to be excised.
Feb 29, 2012
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
A benign lesion: A dermoid cyst is a neuroectodermal remnant that can contain the full complement of structures produced by that cell line, ie, hair, teeth, etc. It is also known as a teratoma. They are benign entities which are present at birth and continue to enlarge over time so are typically removed when anesthesia risks are acceptable after 7 months of age. They occur spontaneously and have no known cause.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Dermoid cysts: Dermoid cysts are unusual collections of various tissues within a sac like structure that can occur anywhere in the body but commonly are present in the ovary. They may contain teeth, hair, skin, etc. They are generally benign but can get infected. It is typically advised that they be resected.

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