Alternate Names : Gingival cysts of the newborn
Epstein pearls are whitish-yellow cysts that form on the gums and roof of the mouth in a newborn baby.
See also: Milia
Overview, Causes, & 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.
Review Date : 7/15/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, 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.
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