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Cysts, Pits, and Tumors

Li, Wai-Yee M.B., Ch.B.; Reinisch, John F. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 2009 - Volume 124 - Issue 1 - p 106e-116e
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181aa2df1
Pediatric Supplement Online: Pediatric Supplement: Original Articles Online

Summary: This article discusses common pediatric skin and subcutaneous lesions grouped into three categories: cysts, pits, and tumors. Vascular malformations and hemangiomas are covered elsewhere in this supplement and are not discussed here. In addition, only benign tumors that typically present to the plastic surgeon are mentioned. In a minority of cases, further investigation, in the form of imaging or biopsy, will be required to establish the diagnosis and allow appropriate management. In this article, the authors concentrate on the relevant information required to triage and treat these conditions.

Los Angeles, Calif.

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Received for publication January 9, 2007; accepted October 25, 2007.

Disclosure: Neither of the authors has a financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article.

John F. Reinisch, M.D., Division of Plastic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif. 90027,

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons