Implantation dermoid

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Slowly growing, painless mass in palmar aspect of the thumb. Cactus needle removed some months ago ? retained foreign body.

Patient Data

Age: 85 years
Gender: Male

Small (7 x 5 mm) solid mass deep to the epidermis within the subcutaneous fat. No abnormal vascularity on color Doppler.

Case Discussion

Small, painless, apparently solid subcutaneous mass without blood flow could be a sebaceous cyst but an unusual location for such. It is associated with a history of previous puncture wound but no foreign body is identified on ultrasound and no abnormal blood flow on color Doppler to indicate an inflammatory mass or granulation tissue.

This is an acquired condition that occurs as the result of implantation of epidermal fragments into the dermis by a penetrating injury. The epidermis continues to grow and forms a cyst lined with stratified squamous epithelium and filled with keratin.

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 19515
Published: 18th Sep 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.