Epidermal Inclusion Cyst of the Umbilicus Following Abdominoplasty

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, USA.
Plastic surgical nursing: official journal of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurses 10/2007; 27(4):202-5. DOI: 10.1097/
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The incidence of retained epidermal inclusion cyst at the site of the umbilicus following abdominoplasty has yet to be well documented. Compliant patients who are seen in scheduled follow-up, and who display signs of infection or wound issues at the site of the umbilicus, usually have these factors addressed before inclusion cysts manifest. Here, however, we present a patient who underwent abdominoplasty, lost her surgeon because of geographic relocation, presented to our office 1 year following surgery with a large retained umbilical epidermal inclusion cyst. This case gave us a unique opportunity to observe a well-developed retained umbilical epidermal inclusion cyst. Her evaluation and management are reviewed in an effort to familiarize the practicing plastic surgeon with a rare, but significant potential complication of abdominoplasty.

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