World Traveling Pilar Cyst: Part 2

The World traveling pilar cyst is back again. Here’s Part 2!

A pilar cyst, also known as a trichilemmal or isthmus-catagen cyst, is a benign (non-life-threatening) growth that, upon examination, looks identical to the more common epidermoid cyst, except that 90% of pilar cysts occur on the scalp. They tend to be more mobile and firmer than epidermoid cysts, and are derived from a different part of the hair follicle. The internal contents tend to be more “homogenous” and smooth. It is not uncommon to have multiple pilar cysts on the scalp and for the condition to run in families. Treatment is generally only for cosmetic reasons and excision with removal of the cyst and its contents is curative. The nice thing about these cysts is that they are often thicker-walled, so they can often be “popped” out whole, which not only ensures that I’ve removed it completely, but also leads to an extremely satisfying “pop!”

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38 thoughts on “World Traveling Pilar Cyst: Part 2

  1. Must have been very difficult for this woman to have so many mixed in with her beautiful hair, glad to be removed. Love watching pilar cyst removals, they came out so easy, number seven had turmeric in it

  2. I have always loved watching surgeries, particularly those I anticipated for myself. I love you demystify these life changing removals. I once had a sebaceous cyst that grew from olive size to golf ball size in a week above shoulder blade. It was removed in an ER in my rural town. Mine was quite messy and I will never forget the putrid smell. I had to have the 2" x 1" opening drained daily at the hospital for a week. I appreciate surgical dermatology greatly.

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