Dermoid cysts is an encapsulated tissue growth that appears under the skin of the patient, in an unexpected location. Dermoid cysts usually contain a greasy yellow material, but bone, hair, nerves, skin, sweat glands, and teeth can also be found within cysts. Dermoid cysts are removed through surgery. The most common type of cysts are periorbital dermoid cysts¹.
In partnership with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children’s Craniomaxillofacial and Pediatric Neurosurgery teams, DASH reconstructed and 3D printed a multi-material model of the patient’s orbital and cranial anatomy to guide providers in the planning of their surgical approach. The 3D printed model corroborated the imaging findings and supported the removal of the periorbital dermoid without accessing the patient’s cranium. Using a multi-material printing technology that supported translucency, the printed model allowed surgeons to visualize the lateral and posterior projects of the dermoid and their proximity to the orbital and cranial cavity.
¹Dermoid Cyst, Cleveland Clinic (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21864-dermoid-cyst)