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January 1971

Mucinous (Adenocystic) Carcinoma of the Skin

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC

From the Dermal Pathology Branch, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC. This investigation was performed during Dr. Mendoza's tenure as Visiting Dermatologist at the AFIP from the Venezuelan Ministry of Health. Dr. Mendoza is now with the Venezuelan Ministry of Health.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(1):68-78. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000130070011

Fourteen cases of primary mucinous carcinoma of the sweat glands occurred. Tumors of this type in the skin are frequently misdiagnosed as metastatic carcinoma. Histochemically, the mucin is of the sialomucin type. The tumor is commonly a round, elevated, reddish, and sometimes ulcerated mass, usually located on the face, head, or trunk. These masses tend to recur, but metastasis is infrequent.