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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2012 Jan;5(1):38-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.94342.

Giant earlobe epidermoid cyst.

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Service of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Reina Sofía University Hospital, Córdoba, Spain.


Epidermoid cysts represent the most common cutaneous cysts. They are usually small and benign; however, sometimes they can grow to giant epidermoid cists, and occasionally malignancies develop. Giant epidermoid cysts at the earlobe have never been described but in other locations. We describe a case of a giant epidermoid cyst at the earlobe, a location where such a large cyst has never been reported before. The mass was completely resected and the wound of the pedunculated base was sutured with four stitches of nylon 5/0. Histopathology confirmed the presumptive diagnosis of an epidermoid cyst. Six months after the resection, the patient did not have any relapse of the epidermoid cyst. The earlobe is a potential location for giant epidermoid cysts. Although the clinical diagnosis could be enough, due to the possibility of malignancy and to ensure appropriate diagnosis, we consider that all cysts should be sent to the anatomic pathology laboratory for histological evaluation.


Epidermal cysts; epidermal inclusion cysts; follicular infundibular cysts; sebaceous cyst

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