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October 1958

Carcinoma of Apocrine Glands: Report of Case

Author Affiliations

Kingston, Ont., Canada

From The Departments of Pathology, Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital.

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(4):440-445. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560100014003

Reports on apocrine gland carcinoma are very scant in the literature. This fact can be attributed mainly to three factors. Firstly, the apocrine type of sweat gland is normally distributed in only a few areas of the body and the glands are few in number. Secondly, while benign tumors of the apocrine glands are not too uncommon, the malignant variety is rather rare, and, thirdly, they are not always recognized as such. It is for this latter reason that we feel any addition to the few reports on these rare tumors is valuable.

It is apparent from the literature that even today there is great confusion concerning the true origin of these tumors, and they are put together into one basket under the heading Tumors of Sweat Glands. This procedure is neither justifiable nor very scientific. The tendency should be to separate, whenever possible, sweat gland tumors of

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