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April 1988

Axillary Apocrine Chromhidrosis

Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology University of Nijmegen Javastraat 104 6524 MJ Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(4):494-496. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670040014010

To the Editor.—  Apocrine sweat is colored slightly yellow, blue, or green in approximately 10% of normal persons, without causing any discomfort.1,2 Chromhidrosis is an extremely rare condition in which intensely discolored sweat is produced by the apocrine or eccrine sweat glands. Apart from surgical excision, no therapy is available. Recent reports on chromhidrosis are rare.3,4Herein we describe a case of axillary chromhidrosis and report the fluorescence spectrum of the abnormal sweat.

Report of a Case.—  A 35-year-old woman visited our outpatient department with a ten-month history of a condition that she described as "the appearance of black fluid in both her armpits." During emotional excitement and stress, more of this fluid was secreted with the embarrassing consequence that her blouses stained black. The patient did not notice a relation with food ingestion or menses. Apart from an endometriosis, the patient's history was uneventful. She did not use any local or systemic medication.