Infected Epidermal Cyst at the Back

Infected epidermal cyst at the back

Epidermal cyst is the most common cutaneous cyst.   It can occur practically anywhere in the body.

The term epidermal cyst refers specifically to an epidermoid cyst that is the result of the implantation of epidermal elements in the dermis.

The term sebaceous cyst should be avoided because it implies that the cyst is of sebaceous origin.  It is not.

The term milia refers to very small, superficial epidermal cysts.

Treatment of epidemal cysts is usually wait and watch.  Operation in terms of excision or entire removal of the cyst is needed when the cyst grows big, usually more than 1 cm in its greatest diameter, and the patient wants it removed.

A complication of an epidermal cyst is infection.  Early stage of infection is treated with antibiotics first prior to excision.  However, for advanced stage of infection, incision and drainage is done, just like in this patient, an infected epidermal cyst at the back.

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Note the dirty white contents of the epidermal cyst about to come out at the left side of the cyst (and picture).

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Note the dirty white contents of the epidermal cyst about to come out at the left side of the cyst (and picture).

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Note part of the dirty white contents of the epidermal cyst had come out at the left side of the cyst (and picture) after the initial incision and drainage procedure.

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Note the rest of the dirty white contents of the epidermal cyst exposed prior to drainage and curettage.

ROJ@15oct26

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