Epidermal Inclusion Cyst Questions & Answers

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Linda J Fromm, MD, MA, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What is the pathophysiology of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What are risk factors for the formation of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What is the pathogenesis of carcinoma in epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What are the racial predilections of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

How does the prevalence of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) vary between men and women?

How does the incidence of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) vary by age?

What is the prognosis of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What is the appearance of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) on physical exam?

Where do epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) most commonly appear?

How do epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) manifest on the extremities?

How do epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) form?

What is the role of injury in the etiology of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Which hereditary syndromes are associated with epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Epidermal Inclusion Cyst?

Workup

What is the role of lab studies in the evaluation of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the evaluation of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What is the role of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) in the diagnosis of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Treatment

Which medications are used in the treatment of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

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

How are inflamed epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) managed?

When is a specialist consultation indicated for the treatment of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

What are possible complications of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Which procedure to used to prevent epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC) from worsening?

Guidelines

What guidelines are available for the diagnosis and treatment of epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for epidermal inclusion cysts (EIC)?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Epidermal Inclusion Cyst?