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Precoccygeal epidermal inclusion cyst: ultrasound and MR imaging features.

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A M Halefoglu ,

Department of Radiology, Sisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
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E Y Sen

Department of Radiology, Sisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
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Abstract

In this case report, we are presenting a 33 year-old pregnant woman who suffered from pelvic and coccygeal pain. Her medical examination and laboratory tests were found within normal limits. In order to explain her pain, initially a pelvic ultrasound was performed which revealed a huge hypoechoic cystic mass in the precoccygeal-presacral region. She then underwent a pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination in order to better delineate the characteristics and extension of this huge mass. On these images the mass was hypointense on T1 weighted images and extremely hyperintense on T2 weighted images. We also performed a diffusion weighted sequence which exhibited high signal intensity for the mass. We thought that this finding could be suggestive of an epidermal inclusion cyst similar to that of a brain epidermoid cyst which shows bright signal intensity on diffusion weighted images. The patient was operated and the cystic mass removed from the precoccygeal region. Histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of epidermal inclusion cyst. This case report suggests that an epidermal inclusion cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intractable pelvic and coccygeal pain. MRI can help to establish the correct diagnosis.

Keywords: Coccyx
How to Cite: Halefoglu AM, Sen EY. Precoccygeal epidermal inclusion cyst: ultrasound and MR imaging features.. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2012;95(5):294–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.650
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Published on 01 Sep 2012.
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