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April 1972

A Pseudoglandular, Basal-Cell Carcinoma, Mimicking "Skin Tissue With Invasive Growth of Adenocarcinoma"

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Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(4):607-608. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620070077029

To the Editor.—  In the January 1971 issue of the Archives, Mendoza and Helwig1 published a detailed description of the mucinous carcinoma of the skin. According to the authors, this tumor is a clinical and histologic entity, clearly different from the basal-cell carcinoma with pseudoglandular structure. The authors emphasize how often the histologic lesions are misdiagnosed. Not less than nine of the 14 cases described were initially diagnosed as metastatic adenocarcinomas or mixed tumors of the salivary gland.Quite recently we had the opportunity of treating a patient with multiple basal-cell carcinomas; one was a tumor located in the anal region which was first classified as adenocarcinoma. Our case seems to supplement the report published by Mendoza and Helwig; a brief description of the history of the case, and the histologic lesions is given below.

Report of a Case  An 84-year-old woman was treated for two basal-cell carcinomas of