Craniectomy for a bilobed dermoid cyst in the temporal fossa and greater wing of the sphenoid bone

Dipti Nevrekar, Emun Abdu, Nathan R. Selden

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Dermoid cysts are common periorbital lesions. They usually occur near the superolateral orbital rim, indenting but not extending within the bony outer table. We present an unusual case of a dumbbell-shaped dermoid cyst underlying the temporalis muscle with extension into the lateral wing of the greater sphenoid bone, approaching the optic canal. The cyst was successfully removed en bloc via a small skull base craniectomy without spillage of cyst contents. The patient recovered well without neurological or visual sequelae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-48
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009



  • Craniectomy
  • Dermoid cyst
  • Skull base
  • Sphenoid bone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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