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January 1948

SEBACEOUS ADENOMA: Review of the Literature and Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;57(1):102-111. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520130105009

Whether or not true adenoma of sebaceous glands exists is still an unsettled question. Because a tumor which was recently studied at the Massachusetts General Hospital is believed to provide evidence in favor of the existence of sebaceous adenoma, it is believed appropriate to report the histologic appearance of this tumor together with a review of the pertinent literature.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE  An adenoma may be defined as an organoid tumor consisting of circumscribed proliferations of incompletely differentiated glandular structures. Lesions in which the glandular structures are mature or nearly mature are, therefore, not adenomas. On this basis adenoma sebaceum (Pringle) and senile sebaceous adenoma are generally no longer considered adenomas.Authors of recent articles are almost unanimously in agreement that adenoma sebaceum (Pringle) represents an organic nevus.1 Only Gilman2 classifies it as adenoma, because of the development of the lesions later in life and the disorderly "adenomatous"

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