DISEASE IN ASEER REGION OF SAUDI ARABIA (ADELOYE-ODEKU)
*College of medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
** Department of Neurosurgery, Aseer Central Hospital, P.O.Box 34, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Adeloye-Odeku disease, also known as congenital inclusion dermoid cyst (CIDC) of the anterior fontanelle was first described in a publication in 1971 by Adeloye A and Odeku EL, as a solitary congenital subgaleal inclusion dermoid cyst of the anterior fontanelle in Nigerians. This rare lesion, (0.1-0.5% of all cranial tumors and 0.2% of all inclusion cysts), was initially thought to be an African cyst. The universal distribution of this cyst has subsequently been shown in accumulated literature of other ethnic distribution, Caucasians, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and others. This is the first published report that we know of Adeloye-Odeku disease in Saudi Arab children in Abha, Saudi Arabia. Four patients with Adeloye-Odeku disease, two boys and two girls, Saudi patients with ages ranging from 3months to 9years are presented. All had CT and MRI brain scans. Successful surgical excision of the cyst was achieved in each of the three patients who consented for surgery and there was no recurrence. The parents of the oldest patient declined surgical intervention but agreed to outpatient follow up.