Dermoid cysts

Dermoid cysts are benign tumours that can occur any where in the body, but commonly found in the head and neck region. Common sites are the neck, nose, scalp, parotid glad, mouth and tongue. They cause problems as they can get infected and swell therefore cause pain and obstruction of vital structures.

This is best treated with surgical excision. Prior to surgery imaging with Ultrasound or MRI scanning may be required.


Dermoid cyst under the tongue causing feeding and breathing difficulties in the 2 month old infant

Dermoid cyst under the tongue causing feeding and breathing difficulties in the 2 month old infant


Dermoid cyst 3 cm excised through a small incision under the tongue

Dermoid cyst 3 cm excised through a small incision under the tongue


Dermoid cyst near the eye in a 3 year old child - operative view

Dermoid cyst near the eye in a 3 year old child- operative view


Murali Mahadevan

Specialist ENT Surgeon

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