Tarsal dermoid cyst: clinical presentation and treatment.

Heather Potter // Publications // Mar 01 2009

PubMed ID: 19300165

Author(s): Koreen IV, Kahana A, Gausas RE, Potter HD, Lemke BN, Elner VM. Tarsal dermoid cyst: clinical presentation and treatment. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Mar-Apr;25(2):146-7. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e31819aae6e. PMID 19300165

Journal: Ophthalmic Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 25, Issue 2,

The authors present 2 cases of eyelid dermoid cyst attached to tarsus in pediatric patients. Both patients were infants who presented with a firm, nontender upper eyelid mass firmly adherent to tarsus. In both cases, the lesion was excised en bloc, and histopathology revealed a dermoid cyst. To the authors’ knowledge, there are no previously reported cases of tarsal dermoid cyst. These cases demonstrate the importance of including dermoid cyst in the differential diagnosis of a tarsus-based eyelid mass. Misdiagnosis may lead to incision and curettage, resulting in spillage of cyst contents and the risk of severe inflammation and scarring.