Congenital dermoid cyst of the middle ear

Paul E. Farris, William L. Meyerhoff, Frank Vuitch

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Dermoid cysts of the head and neck are rare lesions comprised of epidermal and mesodermal elements. We report a dermoid cyst presenting in the middle ear of the youngest patient reported to date. Structures of endodermal descent were also identified, but, given that the entire middle ear mucosa is of endodermal origin, specific classification as a teratoma would be imprecise. This lesion is interesting in that it did not directly involve the mastoid. Possible embryologic sites of origin are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalSkull Base Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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