Wens. Encysted Tumors.
The most common situation of these is under the skin of the head. A wen is simply a sac full of various matters, which, when examined with a microscope, are found to be oil globules, epithelial cells, and crystals of stearine. These contents are secreted by the internal surface of the sac. They sometimes look like curd or rice, sometimes like suet, and sometimes like honey. In other instances, they are mere water, and they have been known to consist of hair or horn. These tumors are round, elastic, and movable, and are without pain. They grow slowly, but steadily.
Treatment. The attempt to excite inflammation and consequently absorption, by punctures, setons, or injections, are dangerous, and ought not to be resorted to. If the tumor is small, its opening, indicated by a small black spot, may be found, a probe be introduced into it, and the contents of the sac be squeezed out; and this may be repeated as often as necessary. But the proper and only real remedy for these tumors is their removal by a surgical operation, which, under aseptic rules, is painless, easy and sure.
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