Indian Journal of Dermatology
: 2020  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 248--249

Multiple penoscrotal cysts

Manojit Midya 
 Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, AIIMS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Manojit Midya
Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, AIIMS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Midya M. Multiple penoscrotal cysts.Indian J Dermatol 2020;65:248-249

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Epidermoid cysts (EC) are the most common skin cyst found on the various regions of the body.[1] EC in the penoscrotal region is mainly seen in scrotum. Penile epidermoid cyst (PEC) is a rare entity.[1],[2] Even though isolated cases of PEC are present in the literature;[2] case of multiple penoscrotal EC is unheard of.

A 25-year-old apparently healthy male arrived in our outpatient department with multiple swellings all over the penis and scrotum. He visited us for purely cosmetic reasons in view of his ensuing marriage prospects. There were multiple small nonuniform-sized, nontender cysts present all over the penoscrotal region [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. His scrotal sonography showed normal testes. An excision biopsy of one of the penile cysts revealed the suggestive features of EC [Figure 3]. He was advised cyst excision but refused surgery.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

Etiology of such cysts is unclear.[2] The suggested theories are - it may be congenital due to abnormal embryological closure of median raphe[2] or traumatic due to mechanical implantation of epidermal cells.[3] The common differential diagnosis of PEC is dermoid cyst, teratoma, pilonidal cyst, and urethral diverticula.[1] Ultrasonography can be used to rule out intrascrotal extension of the cyst. Indications of treatment are pain during intercourse and secondary infection.[1] The optimum treatment suggested is complete excision of cyst along with its wall to prevent recurrence.[4] The prognosis is fair with no malignancy reported in PEC to the best of our knowledge.[2],[5]

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