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September 1972

Chondroid Syringoma

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(3):419-420. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620120093030

To the Editor.—  In 1961, Hirsch and Helwig reviewed 188 cases of mixed tumors of the skin from the files of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and proposed the name chondroid syringoma.1 In their review the clinical appearance of this lesion received little attention. The purpose of this letter is to describe in more detail the clinical appearance of an example of this unusual tumor.

Report of a Case  An 18-year-old Spanish American man first noted a nodule on his left cheek 6 to 8 months prior to examination (Fig 1). The nodule was 5 mm in diameter with a cobblestoned surface studded with white excrescents. No pain was elicited on palpation. The nodule was totally excised and has been without recurrence for six months. Clinically, the nodule resembled an appendageal tumor, especially an organoid nevus. Histologically, the tumor was a chondroid syringoma or mixed tumor of the skin (Fig 2).

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