What is the role of surgery in the treatment of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Updated: Sep 17, 2020
  • Author: Linda J Fromm, MD, MA, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Epidermoid cysts may be removed via simple excision or incision with removal of the cyst and cyst wall though the surgical defect. [39] If the entire cyst wall is not removed, the lesion may recur. Excision with punch biopsy technique may be used if the size of the lesion permits. [40, 41] Minimal-incision surgery, with reduced scarring, has been reported. [42, 43]  An intraoral approach has been used to minimize facial scarring. [44]


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