Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 685–688 | Cite as

Laparoendoscopic excision of sternal subcutaneous dermoids in children

  • Joanne Baerg
  • Jukes Namm
  • J. Andres AstudilloEmail author
  • Jasmine Wong
  • Marcos Michelotti
  • Gerald Gollin
Endoscopic innovation has allowed surgeons from multiple specialties to excise benign, subcutaneous lesions of the periorbit, nasoglabella, scalp, and trunk with minimal scarring [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Since Ikeda described thyroidectomy by the endoscopic, axillary approach, otolaryngologists substitute a visible neck scar, with a scarless technique [ 8]. Dermoid cysts are common in children [ 9]. They develop along the embryonic fusion lines and are formed by a discrete wall of skin epithelium and appendages [ 10]. Surgical removal is the treatment of choice [ 1]. Standard excision of sternal dermoids is associated with poor cosmesis and possibly negative psychological consequences [ 11, 12, 13]. To avoid a prominent scar, three children had midline, subcutaneous, sternal dermoids removed by an endoscopic approach (Fig.  1).


Dermoid Endoscopic approach Sternum Paediatrics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Baerg
    • 1
  • Jukes Namm
    • 2
  • J. Andres Astudillo
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jasmine Wong
    • 2
  • Marcos Michelotti
    • 2
  • Gerald Gollin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric SurgeryLoma Linda UniversityLoma LindaUSA
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryLoma Linda UniversityLoma LindaUSA

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