Dermoid and Epidermoid Tumors
Dermoid and epidermoid tumors likely form in the early weeks of a baby’s development in the womb, although symptoms often don’t arise for decades. They are slow growing and benign. The tumor gets its name from the skin-like substances that develop inside, such as hair and sweat glands. Dermoid and epidermoid tumors account for less than one percent of brain tumors. Symptoms include seizures, fever, headaches, neck stiffness, facial pain, numbness or weakness, and back pain.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by dermoid and epidermoid tumors. Rare cancers, such as these, present unique challenges that our highly skilled neurologists and neurosurgeons address with sophisticated, leading-edge treatments. We were one of the first in Florida to offer minimally invasive surgeries that allow access to sensitive areas of the brain. These techniques target cancerous cells with millimeter accuracy and preserve adjacent healthy tissue – especially critical in parts of the brain that control critical body function, such as breathing and walking. Recovery times are also shorter with minimally invasive surgeries because no incision is made.