Subcutaneous nodules of the scalp: preoperative management

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1991 Nov;25(5 Pt 1):819-30. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(08)80976-0.


The differential diagnosis of subcutaneous lesions of the scalp is extensive and includes many tumors with intracranial and intraosseous extension. The vast majority of lesions seen by the dermatologist will be benign. However, certain lesional characteristics increase the likelihood of a serious disorder and these must be evaluated preoperatively. We review the important features of subcutaneous scalp lesions and suggest a systematic approach to diagnosis based on patient age, lesion morphology, location, and radiographic findings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Preoperative Care*
  • Scalp / surgery*
  • Scalp Dermatoses / surgery*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery*