Surgical Approach of the Epidermoid Cyst of the Oral Cavity With Difficult Airways and Awake Intubation

2022 • Volume 16 • Issue 4

Hayatt Silva Saavedra; Felipe Vallejos Alé; Igor Miño Solís & Gabriela Peña & Paulina Castro



Epidermoid cysts are benign pathologies that originate when germinative cells become trapped within the branchial arches during their closure. Its prevalence is low, and its peer, the dermoid cyst, is even less prevalent. The clinical case is presented of a 17-year-old female patient who presents a bilateral increase in the oral cavity (long-standing), with partial obstruction of the airway, difficulty in phonation and swallowing. The computed tomography provides a hypodense, self-limited image in the submandibular and sublingual spaces. A dermoid or epidermoid cyst is suggested as a diagnostic hypothesis. The patient undergoes surgery, and the sample is delivered to pathology. The definitive diagnosis corroborates the presumptive hypothesis of an epidermoid cyst.

KEY WORD: epidermoid cyst, dermoid cyst, difficult airway, oral cavity.


How to cite this article

SILVA, S. H.; VALLEJOS, A. F.; MIÑO, S. I.; PEÑA, G. & CASTRO, P. Surgical approach of the epidermoid cyst of the oral cavity with difficult airways and awake intubation. Int. J. Odontostomat., 16(4):558-563, 2022.


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