Dermoid Ovarian Cyst Pictures

The dermoid cyst is possibly the most scary of all cysts.   Not scary dangerous, but scary in idea.  You see, in a dermoid cyst, you have hair, sebaceous glands, teeth, and other body parts growing within the egg.  Dermoid ovarian cyst pictures are especially gross.  However, it can be interesting to see what they look like.

Fortunately, dermoid cysts are very rare.  They are also slow growing, so you do have time to get it removed before it gets too large.  You do need to have these types of cysts removed, as they will likely not dissolve on their own.  Especially if they contain solid material like teeth.

I have another post that just shows an x-ray of a dermoid cyst, in case you are a bit squeamish.   It still gives you a good idea of how these types of cysts differ from the normal, functional cyst.

Here’s an example of a dermoid cyst with hair:
dermoid ovarian cyst pictures

You can see it has hair and other materials growing inside.

Dermoid cysts have been around for a long time.  They used to be called “homunculus,”  or little men.  This is because of their monstrous appearance.  Some people even have stories of ones with eyeballs and hands, though I couldn’t find any pictures of them (sorry!)  More commonly, they contain hair and teeth.

This one kind of looks like a finger:

dermoid cyst

Just another example of interesting ovarian cyst pictures!

Pictures from Asylum Eclectica, ER Stories


  1. I’m a medical student on my second week of my OB-GYN rotation we had a surgical case that presented with a dermoid cyst. I was amazing to me to hold it and see it in real life and not just text pictures.

  2. I had bilateral ovarian dermoids the size of baseballs removed just a few months after my son was born. One had a tooth in it, which showed up on the x-ray. My surgeon showed me pictures of my dermoids after the surgery. They were gross, but I found it amusing that my cyst had the same color hair as me. (Since they were most likely present during my pregnancy, I joked that my son was part of a set of triplets.)

    I eventually had to have half of my right and all of my left ovary removed thanks to dermoids. (Yes, bilateral AND recurrent. I won the unlucky lottery.)

    If you want to read more about my practical experience with dermoids, it’s something I discuss on my blog,

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