This is a retrospective single-centre study of 60 consecutive cases in children. Children aged four months to 14-years-old underwent intervention under general anaesthetic from 2000 to 2012. As one might expect, most of these cysts were mucoceles and ranulas. Of this group, 49 patients had an intraoral approach and 11 required an external. There is a good discussion of each of the common cysts, namely mucoceles, ranulas, plunging ranulas, dermoid and epidermoid cysts, cystic hygromas, branchial cleft cysts and thyroglossal cysts. The paper is worth reading just to get an overview of the incidence and treatment of the commonest types of these lesions. There are good photographs and some illustrations. It is also good to get a perspective on these fairly common and some uncommon lesions that may present unexpectedly.

Surgical treatment of oral and facial soft tissue cystic lesions in children. A retrospective analysis of 60 consecutive cases with literature review.
Kolomvos N, Theologie-Lygidakis N, Tzerbos F, et al.
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Sunil K Bhatia

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury, UK.

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