What is it?

Sebaceous cysts, also known as epidermal inclusion cysts, are slow-growing, generally harmless subcutaneous (under the skin) bumps. They often appear on the scalp, face, ears, trunk, back, or groin area.

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Additional names

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- Epidermal inclusion cysts


Usually sebaceous cysts can be diagnosed with a simple physical examination by your healthcare provider. Other tests that may provide more data are: CT and MRI scans, ultrasound, and biopsy.


Normally, sebaceous cysts resolve on their own. If for any reason the cysts don't resolve on their own, they can be injected with steroids. if the cyst is infected, it can be drained by your healthcare provider. In case of persistent sebaceous cysts they can be surgically removed.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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