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January 1973

Adenocarcinoma of the Eccrine Sweat Gland

Author Affiliations


From the departments of dermatology (Drs. Panet-Raymond and Johnson) and pathology (Dr. Johnson), Temple University School of Medicine, and the Skin and Cancer Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(1):94-96. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620160062018

A 49-year-old man had had a slow-growing tumor on his left forearm since childhood. The tumor suddenly began to grow at a rapid rate and it was excised. The histologic features were those of an adenocarcinoma of the sweat gland. Enzyme and other histochemical techniques were used to establish the origin of the tumor from eccrine glands. The use of enzyme histochemistry is an excellent method as an aid in distinction between eccrine and apocrine carcinomas. These sweat gland carcinomas have a relatively high potential for metastasis.