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Article
June 1932

A SIMPLE METHOD OF TREATING MUCOUS RETENTION CYSTS OF THE LIP

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(6):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450021099011
Abstract

Numerous ways of dealing with mucous retention cysts have been described. Sutton,1 in an article on the subject, stated that in his experience removal of the sac in toto gave the best results. Pusey, in the discussion of Sutton's paper, said that opening of the cyst, followed by cauterization with iodine, phenol or silver nitrate, was invariably followed by recurrence. His treatment consists of incising the cyst and thoroughly cauterizing the cavity with a small point cautery. This produces a cavity that looks quite formidable but that heals with practically no scarring. Da Costa, in his latest edition of "Modern Surgery,"2 outlined the treatment as follows: incision, curettement and cauterization by pure phenol and packing, or extirpation of a considerable part of the cyst and cauterization of the remaining part. Others attempt to destroy the cyst lining by electrocoagulation through an opening in the

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