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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 Jan;3(1):25-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.63284.

A modified surgical technique for steatocystoma multiplex.

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Department of Dermatology, JNMC Sawangi, Wardha, Maharashtra, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Steatocystoma multiplex (SM) is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit characterized by multiple sebum-containing dermal cysts. Different surgical modalities like cryosurgery, aspiration, surgical excision, incision with a surgical blade or sharp-tipped cautery followed by expression of cyst contents and forceps-assisted removal of the cyst wall and carbon dioxide laser have been used in the past.

AIMS:

To study the efficacy of a modified surgical technique in the treatment of steatocystoma multiplex.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We have used a simple modified surgical technique using a radiofrequency instrument as the incision tool for the treatment of SM in two patients.

RESULTS:

The results were cosmetically excellent with no complications developing during or after the procedure. No recurrences were observed after five and half months of follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is a simple, easy, fast office-based procedure that is associated with minimal blood loss and post inflammatory hypo or hyperpigmentation and scarring are practically absent.

KEYWORDS:

Radiofrequency; steatocystoma multiplex; surgery

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