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May 1974

Apocrine Hidrocystoma (Cystadenoma)

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine (Drs. Smith and Chernosky), and the Program in Dermatology, University of Texas Medical School (Dr. Chernosky), Houston.

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(5):700-702. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630050046010

A study of 42 patients with 50 apocrine hidrocystomas (cystadenomas) revealed that this entity is rarely diagnosed clinically and is most frequently misdiagnosed as basal cell epithelioma. These skin-colored, blue or translucent cysts usually can be distinguished from basal cell epitheliomas, nevi, and other lesions if the diagnosis comes to mind. Apocrine hidrocystomas are histologically characteristic and are indistinguishable from retention cysts of the glands of Moll.

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