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January 1965

Histology and Cytochemistry Of Human Skin: XXV. Common Abnormalities in the Eccrine Sweat Glands of Man

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(1):73-74. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600070079014

STRUCTURAL anomalies occur frequently in the eccrine sweat glands of the scalp. In some glands the terminal duct bifurcates, and in other cases two glands come together and open upon the surface through a common duct.

The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to some structural peculiarities which occur in the eccrine sweat glands of the human scalp. In stained thick frozen sections the gross structure of the sweat glands often deviates from the simple tubular type of gland; the terminal duct can be branched, and two glandular units may open to the surface through a common duct.

Material and Method  Specimens of scalp were obtained from fresh cadavers (within four to five hours of death) of 62 subjects of both sexes, aged from fetal life to 90 years.Frozen sections 50μ-250μ thick of material fixed in chilled, 10% neutral formalin were: (a) treated with the cobalt sulfide