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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51--53

Sweat gland tumor (Eccrine Porocarcinoma) of scalp: A rare tumor

Department of Plastic surgery, Seth G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Roshani E Rana
Department of Plastic Surgery, Seth G.S.Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.16498

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Eccrine Porocarcinoma is a rare neoplasm arising from sweat glands. It was first described by Pinkus and Mehregan as 'Epidermotropic eccrine carcinoma'. It may occur de novo or as a malignant transformation of an eccrine poroma. It is commonly found in older age group and in the lower extremities. Clinically, it may present as a verrucous plaque, polypoid growth or an ulcerative lesion of long duration. Local recurrence and metastasis to skin, lymphnodes, viscera, and bone may occur. Treatment is wide local excision. Metastatic lesions can be treated with chemotherapy. We report a case of eccrine porocarcinoma of the scalp in a 50 years old female who presented to us with a bosselated, firm, painless, non-tender, freely mobile swelling over left fronto-parietal region of 12 years duration. It was excised and histopathological diagnosis was Eccrine Porocarcinoma. In literature, scalp porocarcinoma is a very rare tumor.


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