Title:
A mass at fat density in the parotid gland: dermoid cyst or lipoma
Authors:
G. Saylam, S. Tanrikulu, E. Dursun, A. Iriz and A. Eryilmaz
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara Numune Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords:
Dermoid cyst; parotid; congenital cyst
Pages:
43 - 45
Abstract:
A mass at fat density in the parotid gland: dermoid cyst or lipoma. Dermoid cysts (DC) of the head and neck are uncommon and account for only 7% of all dermoid cysts in the body. DCs of the parotid gland are even rarer. In this article, a 42-year-old female patient with DC of the parotid gland is presented and discussed with a brief review of the literature. Radiologic findings suggested that the mass was a lipoma, but observation of a hair in the cyst during surgery changed the clinical diagnosis to DC; this suspicion was confirmed by pathological analysis. Although DCs are rare among the parotid masses, they should be kept in mind during the differential diagnosis.
Issue:
Vol. 5, 2009, 1st trimester


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A mass at fat density in the parotid gland: dermoid cyst or lipoma