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Int J Gynecol Pathol. 1996 Jan;15(1):69-71.

Ovarian epidermoid cyst: report of eight cases.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Second Central Hospital, Tianjin, People's Republic of China.


We report eight cases of ovarian epidermoid cyst in women 25-57 years of age. All of the cysts had a smooth inner lining composed of stratified squamous epithelium with no evidence of hair or a Rokitansky tubercle. Since these lesions accounted for 0.07% of gynecological specimens in our hospital over a 3-year period, epidermoid cysts of the ovary are not as rare as the literature suggests; some are probably misdiagnosed as dermoid cysts. We believe that ovarian epidermoid cysts represent monodermal and highly differentiated teratomas and should be classified as such.

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