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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-23

Dumb bell shaped conchal dermoid: Unique presentation

1 Unit of Pediatric Surgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Date of Web Publication29-Nov-2018

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Garima Arora
Pediatric Surgery Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Ajmer - 305 001, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/JHNP.JHNP_2_18

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Dermoid are common skin tumours. They are found commonly in head and neck areas. Dermoid cyst in region of auricle is extremely rare, we report a rare case of dumbbell shaped dermoid cyst located at the concha of auricle in a 2 year old female child. The child had presented with a mass both on external and internal aspect of concha which later turned out to be a dermoid.

Keywords: Conchal, dermoid, dumb bell

How to cite this article:
Arora G, Kasliwal N. Dumb bell shaped conchal dermoid: Unique presentation. Int J Head Neck Pathol 2018;1:21-3

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Arora G, Kasliwal N. Dumb bell shaped conchal dermoid: Unique presentation. Int J Head Neck Pathol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2024 Mar 1];1:21-3. Available from: https://www.ijhnp.org/text.asp?2018/1/1/21/246412

  Introduction Top

Dermoid cyst is a common lesion presenting to surgical outdoor clinics. This is a congenital lesion arising from ectoderm. It usually presents as a slow growing cystic subcutaneous lesion, noticed by parents either at birth or later. It is covered by dermis that contains multiple sebaceous glands and almost all skin adenexa. It frequently consists of skin, hair follicles sweat glands etc. We report a dermoid cyst which is rare in its presentation, location and shape. To the best of our knowledge a dumb bell shaped auricular dermoid has not been reported before.

  Case Report Top

A 2-year-old female child presented to Paediatric surgery OPD, with history of swelling in the region of concha of right ear. This lesion was noticed by the parents approximately 1 years back. There was no history of pain or infection. No history of discharge from ear was elicited. Hearing of the patient was normal. There was no history of trauma or ear prick. This lesion was present both on internal and external aspect of the ear [Figure 1]. It was approximately 1 × 0.5 × 0.5 cm in dimension. Overlying skin was normal. Whether the intervening cartilage was involved or not was not clear on examination. Patient was posted for excision of cyst under general anaesthesia with plans to excise the lesion. No further radiological investigations were done.
Figure 1: Dermoid on external and internal surface of right concha

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Intra-operatively the cyst was approached from both external and internal side by two separate incisions, on dissecting it was found that both the cysts were abutting the cartilage and involving it [Figure 2]. It was not possible to shave off the cyst on either side. The cartilage was thus cored out and the cyst on either side was removed intact, with its dumbbell shape [Figure 3]. Histopathological examination was consistent with a dermoid cyst. Sections showed stratified Squamous epithelium lining with part of cartilage and keratin flakes, along with mature skin adnexa; hair follicle [Figure 4] and sebaceous gland [Figure 5]. Cosmetic appearance was found to be good on follow-up. No recurrence has been reported after 2 year follow-up.
Figure 2: Dermoid involving cartilage

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Figure 3: Dumb bell shaped dermoid

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Figure 4: Dermoid cyst, (H and E, ×100), Section shows lined by stratified Squamous epithelium along with mature skin adnexa (hair follicle) with part of cartilage and keratin flakes

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Figure 5: Dermoid cyst, (H and E, ×100), Section shows lined by stratified Squamous epithelium along with mature skin adnexa (sebaceous gland) with keratin flakes

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  Discussion Top

Auricular dermoid are rare. Pollard et al.[1] have reported 231 cases of paediatric age group dermoids. Approximately 37% of these were located in orbital and peri-orbital area. According to this study the most frequent site for dermoid cyst occurrence was left eyebrow and auricle a very rare site, with a reported prevalence of 9.9%; though the exact location on auricle was not mentioned by them. Mcavoy and Zuckerbraun[2] reported a rate of 3% and Taylor et al.[3] a rate of 5.5% for auricular dermoid. New and Erich[4] classified dermoid cysts of the head and neck into four types: (1) cysts in the eyes and orbits, (2) those in the nose area, (3) those in the floor of the mouth, and sub mental and sub maxillary regions, and (4) a miscellaneous group. However, they found no such occurrence in the auricular area in a review of 1495 cases which indicates its rarity. Embryological dermoid cysts are assumed to occur when epithelial cells are isolated at the blockage of the pharyngeal arch of viviparous (congenital) or implantation of epidermis into dermis due to penetrating injury (acquired). Entrapment of ectodermal tissue between the midline fusion of first and second branchial arches results in dermoid in head and neck region. The auricle is formed by a series of hillocks which appear on 1st and 2nd pharyngeal arches surrounding the first ectodermal cleft, at six weeks of viviparous. These hillocks will be grown to form ears at seven weeks of viviparous. This explains the origin of dermoid in this location.[5],[6]

Kim et al.[7] in a study done by them have given the differential diagnosis of the cystic lesions on the ear which includes lipoma, hemangioma, branchial cyst etc. with a dermoid cyst. The commonest pathology reported by them was epidermoid cyst. The most common sites on auricle in decreasing order of frequency was ear lobule, followed by the tragus, crus of the helix, triangular fossa, concha-crus of the antihelix and antitragus-scapha respectively. A similar classification of benign ear masses was given by Jung et al.[8] Yesun Cho and Lee in their study found epidermoid cyst occurring more frequently than dermoid cyst in the region of auricle. No site preference was noted by them.[6] Our case had a dermoid located at the right concha, a very rare location. Ear dermoid are scantly reported in world literature, irrespective of its exact location on the ear.[9],[10],[11] Dermoid have been reported at rare site in ear.[12]

Jung et al. reported six dermoid and epidermoid cysts in the region of the ear, in five patients (one patient had two dermoid). Four cases (in 3 patients) were believed to be congenital due to no history of trauma or surgery and two were acquired. Our case with no relevant history to support that it was acquired; appeared to be congenital in origin. Histologically it is difficult to prove the congenital or acquired origin of the cyst.[13]

Dermoid cyst is usually oval to round, though rare shapes have been reported.[14] This dermoid had an unusual dumbbell shape.

Histologically three different varieties of dermoid are known; dermoid cyst, epidermoid cyst and teratoma. Both epidermoid and dermoid cyst have keratinized and stratified squamous epithelium and eosinophilic, laminated keratin material within the thin wall. However, sebaceous glands, sweat glands and hair follicles are present only in dermoid but not in epidermoid. Epidermoid cyst consists of keratinous cyst covered by stratified squamous epithelium without adnexal structures but dermoid cyst contains keratin, sebaceous glands, hair follicles, and adnexal structures within the wall of stratified squamous epithelium. The other type is teratoma, which may include tissues of ectodermal, endodermal and mesodermal origin (all three germ cell layers). These might occasionally show malignant transformation, in which a somatic teratomatous component becomes morphologically malignant. Infants and children in these cases will usually develop an endodermal sinus tumour while adults usually develop a squamous cell carcinoma. No evidence of malignancy was found in our case. The microscopic differentials of dermoid cyst include; epidermoid cyst, cystic teratoma, lipoma, haemangioma, branchial cyst, trichilemmal cyst, keloids etc.[5],[7]

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  References Top

Pollard ZF, Harley RD, Calhoun J. Dermoid cysts in children. Pediatrics 1976;57:379-82.  Back to cited text no. 1
McAvoy JM, Zuckerbraun L. Dermoid cysts of the head and neck in children. Arch Otolaryngol 1976;102:529-31.  Back to cited text no. 2
Taylor BW, Erich JB, Dockerty MB. Dermoids of the head and neck. Minn Med 1966;49:1535-40.  Back to cited text no. 3
New GB, Erich JB. Dermoid cysts of head and neck. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1937;65:48-55.  Back to cited text no. 4
Moon IH, Lee WH, Joo JB, Cho JE. A case of postauricular dermoid cyst. Korean J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005;48:1294-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
Cho Y, Lee DH. Clinical characteristics of idiopathic epidermoid and dermoid cysts of the ear. J Audiol Otol 2017;21:77-80.  Back to cited text no. 6
Kim HJ, Burm JS, Pyon JK, Kim YW. Acquired dermoid cysts within subcutaneous scar tissue. J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg 2007;34:507-10.  Back to cited text no. 7
Jung SY, Kim MG, Boo SH, Yeo EK, Kwon C, Lee SK, et al. Clinical analysis of auricular benign masses. Korean J Audiol 2012;16:10-3.  Back to cited text no. 8
Horikiri M, Ueda K, Kato M. Dermoid cyst of the auricle: A rare manifestation. BMJ Case Rep 2014;2014. pii: bcr2014205826.  Back to cited text no. 9
Ikeda M, Muto J, Omachi S. Dermoid cyst of the auricle: Report of two cases. Auris Nasus Larynx 1990;16:193-7.  Back to cited text no. 10
Nasirmohtaram S, Akbari M. Dermoid cyst within concha: A case report. Acta Med Iran 2016;54:407-8.  Back to cited text no. 11
Johnston DR, Whittemore K, Poe D, Robson CD, Perez-Atayde AR. Diagnostic and surgical challenge: Middle ear dermoid cyst in 12 month old with branchio-oto-renal syndrome and multiple middle-ear congenital anomalies. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2011;75:1341-5.  Back to cited text no. 12
Jung KH, Choi HJ, Nam DH. Characteristics of dermoid cyst of the auricle. Arch Craniofac Surg 2014;15:22-7.  Back to cited text no. 13
Choi HJ, Kim SH, Lee JH. Unusual presenting tadpole-shaped dermoid cyst on eyebrow. J Craniofac Surg 2016;27:e281-2.  Back to cited text no. 14


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