Nationwide Children's Hospital is considered the expert in dermoid cyst ablation treatment because of the non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure that was developed and pioneered by our interventional radiology team.
If you, or your child, have been told you need a dermoid cyst ablation and want to pursue minimally invasive treatment, call our Interventional Coordinator at (614) 722-2375 to set up a consultation with an Interventional Radiologist. You may also request an appointment using our online form.
Dermoid cysts (also called epidermoid cysts or dermal/epidermal inclusion cysts) are masses most commonly found in the head, face, neck, and upper chest of children and adults. Dermoid cysts are the most common orbital/periorbital tumors found in the pediatric population. They are slow growing, cystic (bubbles) masses, lined by skin and containing oil (from skin glands) and skin cells (essentially dandruff).
The term "dermoid cysts" is used to describe simple, skin-lined cysts under the skin (most commonly in the head, neck, face, orbit, and chest), cysts with hair follicles, or deeper neck cysts with similar contents of oil, skin, and/or hair follicles. The term "dermoid cyst" is also used to describe more complex cystic tumors found in the ovaries of women, which are called ovarian teratoma.
Dermoid cyst ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure in which the dermoid cyst is entered with a small needle and plastic sleeve through which the dermoid cyst is killed (ablated) within the body. The body’s own "cleanup" mechanisms then remove the dead dermoid cyst cells during healing. The result leaves a scar the size of a freckle.