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September 1950

REMOVAL OF SEBACEOUS CYSTS BY ELECTROSURGICAL MEANS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK; BROOKLYN

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the New York University Post-Graduate Medical School, Dr. Marion B. Sulzberger, chairman, and the Skin and Cancer Unit of University Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(3):411-417. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530160065010
Abstract

MANY METHODS have been suggested for removal of sebaceous cysts of the skin, and each of these aims to achieve the best cosmetic result. A procedure can be termed successful when with the least inconvenience to the patient it eliminates the cyst permanently in the greatest percentage of cases and leaves a minimal amount of scarring. The incision scar which follows surgical operation with the scalpel is quite frequently undesirable. Moreover, it is also often impossible to enucleate infected cysts totally. Many methods have been described to cope with these factors. Before describing a simple electrosurgical method which we have found to be successful in a large series of cases, we here submit a review of several important procedures which have been suggested thus far.

HISTORICAL REVIEW

Dubois-Havenith and Maes1 described a method of destroying cysts by means of galvanic electrolysis. They cited their experience with several

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