[Skip to Navigation]
February 1964

The Myth of the Sebaceous Cyst

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(2):253-256. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590260091018

Arguments are presented to show that the sebaceous cyst is nonexistent. It is a variety of keratinous cyst. The cysts usually given this name are lined not by sebaceous but by keratinizing cells resembling those of the buccal mucosa. Hardened cell membranes are not formed. The fragile cells therefore break, liberating the horny contents.

Add or change institution