ePlasty: Vol. 17
Posterior Auricular Mass
Ian R. Wisecarver, BSa,b, Luke A. Cusimano, MDc and Gerhard S. Mundinger, MDa,b

aDivision of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, La; bDivision of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, La; and cDivision of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, La

Correspondence: gmundi@lsuhsc.edu
Keywords: dermoid, dermoid cyst, auricle, ear mass, soft-tissue mass


A 2-year-old African American boy presented with a mass involving the posterior superior right helix at the root (Fig 1). His mother reported that the lesion never caused any symptoms of discomfort and has enlarged slowly since birth. The round, mobile mass was determined to be an isolated finding.

Figure 1. Two-year old with a mass at the posterior/superior right helix at the root.


1. What is differential diagnosis and workup for an auricular mass?

2. Where are dermoid cysts most commonly discovered, why do they have a predilection for these areas, and how can they be histologically distinguished from simple epidermal inclusion cysts?

3. What is the significan .......