• Dr Changjie Guo

Epidermoid cyst in cheek.

Epidermoid cysts are small lumps that develop under the skin or mucosa. They are benign subcutaneous lesions and often found on the head, neck, back, or genitals. These common cysts are sometimes mistakenly called sebaceous cysts, but they're different. True sebaceous cysts are less common. They arise from the glands that secrete oily matter that lubricates hair and skin (sebaceous glands). Epidermoid cysts are slow growing and often painless, so they rarely cause problems or need treatment. Although, they can become inflamed and irritated. They don’t require removal unless bothersome, painful, ruptured, infected or the diagnosis is in question.

In the mouth, most epidermoid cysts develop in the region of the mouth floor, the buccal mucosa is not a usual site of occurrence.

This case showed a small, pink, soft lump in the cheek mucosa. It was bitten a few times because the lump grew towards biting plane. It had a history of infection and pain. That's why we decided to remove the cyst. The tissue sample was sent to our local Melbourne Pathology for histopathological examination. The recovery was uneventful. The pathology report showed it was an epidermoid cyst.


Recent Posts

See All

Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

30 Balcombe Rd, Mentone VIC 3194

Private Parking Available


(03) 9583 1654 

Mon – Fri  09:00AM – 17:30PM

Sat   08:30AM – 13:00PM

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon
  • White Blogger Icon

© 2020 Rien Dental. Created by Dr Changjie Guo