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Plast Surg Nurs. 2007 Oct-Dec;27(4):202-5. doi: 10.1097/01.PSN.0000306186.72942.ae.

Epidermal inclusion cyst of the umbilicus following abdominoplasty.

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, USA. Andreadis54@aol.com


The incidence of retained epidermal inclusion cyst at the site of the umbilicus following abdominoplasty has yet to be well documented. Compliant patients who are seen in scheduled follow-up, and who display signs of infection or wound issues at the site of the umbilicus, usually have these factors addressed before inclusion cysts manifest. Here, however, we present a patient who underwent abdominoplasty, lost her surgeon because of geographic relocation, presented to our office 1 year following surgery with a large retained umbilical epidermal inclusion cyst. This case gave us a unique opportunity to observe a well-developed retained umbilical epidermal inclusion cyst. Her evaluation and management are reviewed in an effort to familiarize the practicing plastic surgeon with a rare, but significant potential complication of abdominoplasty.

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