Multiple scalp trichilemmal cysts (wens)

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Headache for investigation. Incidental finding of lumps in the scalp.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

Multiple partially calcified mass lesions in the subcutaneous tissues of the scalp (hair-bearing portion)

Case Discussion

A trichilemmal cyst, also known as a wen, is a common cyst that forms from a hair follicle. They are most often found on the scalp. The cysts are smooth, mobile and filled with keratin, a protein component found in hair, nails, and skin. They may or may not be tender.

Trichilemmal cysts may run in families. In this case the keratin has calcified.

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Case information

rID: 27711
Published: 15th Feb 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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