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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Epidermal inclusion cyst in the neck masquerading as a thyroid neoplasm

1 Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bariatric Medicine, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pathology, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Radiology, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Head and Neck Oncology, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Subramanian Kannan
258/A Bommasandra Industrial Complex, Narayana Health City, Bangalore - 560 076, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.147290

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A number of non-thyroidal masses can mimic thyroid nodules. A through preoperative work-up is crucial to help differentiate the origin of the mass which is useful in planning surgical intervention and avoid any iatrogenic damage to the thyroid gland. We present a case of a neck mass in a 24 year male clinically mimicking a thyroid neoplasm. Careful preoperative imaging and fine needle aspiration suggested the non-thyroidal origin of the mass. Complete surgical excision of the mass revealed the final pathology as an epidermal inclusion cyst.

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