Pediatric Biopsy Results Are In!

A week ago, Eudora had a suspected dermoid cyst removed.  She survived it like a champ.  Even better, she never once messed with her incision or picked at her stitches.  She just left it alone and didn’t seem to be even slightly bothered by it.  Of course, while we’ve been home and watching her heal, there’s been a lump removed from my baby’s head awaiting a pediatric biopsy.

Pediatric Biopsy Results are In! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora’s cyst. I apologize for the blurry quality. The surgeon took a picture before sending it off for biopsy so that he could discuss it with us.

We went to the surgeon and had Eudora’s stitches removed.  He kindly showed me a picture of the lump that they’d removed and then gave me the pediatric biopsy results: it was, in fact, a dermoid cyst.  Just as we’d thought.

However, it was a very good thing that it was removed when it was.  The little, innocuous, small pea sized lump above her eye was a little like an iceberg: there was much more lurking under the surface.  It turned out to be roughly the size of a hazelnut.  Not only that, but it was so deep that it was actually right against my baby girl’s skull.

Then, of course, there’s the scarring.  Eudora had three tiny little stitches across the incision.  It’s hardly visible.  I can’t complain about that!  All in all, everything went perfectly well, and my precious Eudora is as perfect and sweet as ever.  My darling husband, who had been extremely worried, walked out of the specialist’s office looking fifty pounds lighter.  There was a spring to his step that hadn’t been there since all of this began.

Did you ever experience a pediatric biopsy with your child?  How did your family cope?

Dermoid Cyst and Facing Surgery

Eudora is perfect.  She’s beautiful and sweet.  She’s such a happy and affectionate baby.  I’ve never had a child that wanted my snuggles as much as she.  For all of her perfection, she also has what appears to be a dermoid cyst.

What’s a Dermoid Cyst?

The best way to explain a dermoid cyst is that it’s a few cells that ended up in “the wrong place” during fetal development.  They generally end up on the head or collar bone.  A dermoid cyst is not cancerous.  Typically, they are sebacious cells and may contain puss or even hair.  Very rarely (as in extremely rare), it may even contain a tooth.  It’s generally something to observe, but not something to worry about removing until the child grows older.

Dermoid Cyst and Facing Surgery (Cloth Diaper Addicts)So why is Eudora’s dermoid cyst being removed now, at the tender age of fourteen months?  Simply put, because it’s growing.  After our first consult with Dr. K, we ended up calling him for a repeat visit because of the changes we’d noticed.  Sometimes there is risk of the dermoid cyst growing under the skull if left unchecked.  The game plan now is to have the dermoid cyst removed and then biopsied to be sure that it actually is a dermoid cyst.

This means, of course, that I’m uneasy.  I ended up having Heather over at The Parenting Patch do some quick research for me because my head was just not in the right place to go over statistics.  I was concerned about the fact that Eudora will have to go under general anesthesia to have this removed.  It was concerning to me because I’d done some reading that indicated a correlation between increased learning disabilities and early exposure to general anesthetic.  (Heather found better stats that indicated that this was only a concern with repeat exposure.)

Still, I’m not exactly thrilled that she has a dermoid cyst at all, let alone that it has to be removed.

Have you ever dealt with a dermoid cyst on your child?