Eur J Plast Surg (2015) 38:163–164 DOI 10.1007/s00238-014-1009-6 LETTER TO THE EDITOR C. J. Lewis & A. Deodhar & G. Saldanha & M. Bamford & R. Agarwal Received: 12 June 2014 /Accepted: 30 July 2014 /Published online: 16 August 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Sir, incisional biopsy were equivocal and suggested the possibility Cutaneous apocrine carcinoma is a rare malignant tumour of metastases from the contralateral breast carcinoma. arising from the sweat glands in the skin [1, 2]. Although Urgent excision biopsy and split skin graft reconstruction these tumours can develop in other sites including the eyelids, were performed. Histology from the definitive excisional spec- ears, scalp, anogenital region and breasts , they have a imen confirmed the final diagnosis of an oestrogen and particular propensity to develop in the skin of the axilla. Here, progesterone-receptor negative primary axillary apocrine carci- we present a case of primary axillary apocrine carcinoma noma (Fig. 2a, b). Two years later, the patient remains well with initially mistaken as a cutaneous deodorant reaction, together no evidence of local or distant tumour recurrence (Fig. 3a, b). with current diagnostic and management strategies. Cutaneous apocrine carcinoma is an extremely rare malig- A 67-year-old female was
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2015
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