Epidermal inclusion cyst: thigh

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Left posterior thigh swelling for 7 years. Increasing size and local pain for a few months.

Patient Data

Gender: Male

There is a well-defined ovoid lesion in the region of interest, measuring approximately 75 x 60 x 45 mm. It is in the subcutaneous plane, abutting the deep aspect of skin. The lesion is separate from bone and muscle.             

Lesion is hypoechoic to underlying muscle. It shows heterogeneous echopattern with internal subcentimeter sized hypo- and hyperechoic linear foci. There is no calcification/cystic change. It is not significantly compressible. There is no internal vascularity. There posterior acoustic enhancement. 

Case Discussion

A long standing subcutaneous thigh lesion shows characteristic ultrasound features of an epidermal inclusion cyst.

Surgical excision was performed. According to the operative surgeon, gross appearances were suggestive of epidermal inclusion cyst. Hence, histopathology was not performed.

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Case information

rID: 45156
Case created: 16th May 2016
Last edited: 22nd May 2016
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