Testis and epididymis
Germ cell tumors
Dermoid cyst




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Definition / general
  • Rare form of benign testicular teratoma, characterized by pilosebaceous units arranged around predominantly unicystic lesion, often containing hair
  • Noncutaneous elements may be present but lack cytologic atypia seen in usual mature teratoma (Am J Surg Pathol 2001;25:788)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Organoid arrangement of pilosebaceous units around epidermal epithelium
  • Lipogranulatomous reaction in testis parenchyma due to leakage of sebaceous secretion
  • Other tissue types sometimes present
  • No intratubular germ cell neoplasia (IGCNU), no immature elements
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Epidermoid vs dermoid cyst vs usual teratoma

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