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J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Mar;7(3):550-2. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/4857.2822. Epub 2013 Mar 1.

A Rare Case of an Epidermoid Cyst in the Parotid Gland - which was Diagnosed by Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology.

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Post Graduate, Department of Pathology, K S Hegde Medical Academy , Mangalore, Karnataka, India .


Cystic lesions are common in the head and neck. The most common are the cutaneous cysts, which are referred to as epidermal cysts. These cysts present as nodular and fluctuant subcutaneous lesions and they are seen most commonly in the acne - prone areas like the head, neck and the back. They arise following a localized inflammation of the hair follicle and occasionally after the implantation of the epithelium, following a trauma or surgery. The presence of benign cystic lesions in the salivary glands is rare.We are presenting a rare case of a 55-year-old male who presented with a soft swelling on the left side of the face. A diagnosis of an epidermoid cyst was given on cytology. A superficial parotidectomy was performed and the histopathology confirmed the above diagnosis.


Epidermal cyst; Epidermoid cyst; FNAC; Salivary glands

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