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January 1993

Aspiration Therapy in Steatocystoma Multiplex

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Osaka (Japan) University School of Medicine

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):35-37. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220047007

REPORT OF A CASE  In October 1982, a 41-year-old man was seen because of multiple soft tumors on the upper half of his body. These tumors were up to 3 cm in diameter. His parents were not consanguineous. His family, including his 18- and 19-year-old children, had no history of similar lesions. At 16 years of age, our patient first noticed subcutaneous nodules on his neck. Since then, the number and size of the nodules increased. When he was 20 years of age, there were many nodules on his head, neck, trunk, and upper extremities. The nodules continually discharged oily material and became inflamed and tender. Following a diagnosis of steatocystoma multiplex, 25 cysts on his head were surgically excised with 750 mL of blood loss. The oily material was sterile. About 75 smaller cysts on the trunk were excised and drained, and the walls of cyst were treated with

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