Epstein pearls - Overview
Gingival cysts of the newborn
Definition of Epstein pearls:
Epstein pearls are whitish-yellow cysts that form on the gums and roof of the mouth in a newborn baby.
See also: Milia
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Epstein pearls occur only in the newborn and are very common. They are seen in approximately 80% of newborns.
The pearls are protein-filled cysts. The condition is harmless, although it sometimes worries new mothers.
- Reviewed last on: 5/10/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Hellstein JW. Odontogenesis, odontogenic cysts, and odontogenic tumors. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 93.
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