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Steatocystoma multiplex

Other Names for this Disease
  • Multiple sebaceous cysts
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What are the signs and symptoms of steatocystoma multiplex?

Signs and symptoms of steatocystoma multiplex include multiple cysts on the skin. The cysts are often 1 to 2 centimeter wide. They frequently occur on the trunk of the body, upper arms, legs, and face; however, they can develop on other parts of the body as well.[1][2][3]The cysts are typically filled with a yellowish to white, oily fluid, and occasionally have hair within them. The cysts can become infected and may cause pain and scarring.[4]
Last updated: 6/8/2012

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  3. Amanda Oakley. Steatocystoma multiplex. DermNet NZ. July 2, 2011; Accessed 6/6/2012.
  4. Lee KK, Mehrany K, Swanson NA. Recognition and Treatment of Skin Lesions. In: Cummings. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby, Inc; 2005;