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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2016, 4(9), 304-309
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-4-9-3
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Papillary Eccrine Adenoma: A Recent Review of Literature

Mary Mathews1, , Abhishek Kumar2, Ariel Fromowitz3, Brett Simonhoff3, Michael Maroules4 and Amer Akmal5

1Department of Internal Medicine, New York Medical College-St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey

2Department of Hematology and Oncology, New York Medical College, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey

3Department of Internal Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

4Department of Hematology and Oncology, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey

5Department of Pathology, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey

Pub. Date: October 09, 2016

Cite this paper:
Mary Mathews, Abhishek Kumar, Ariel Fromowitz, Brett Simonhoff, Michael Maroules and Amer Akmal. Papillary Eccrine Adenoma: A Recent Review of Literature. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2016; 4(9):304-309. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-4-9-3


Background: Papillary eccrine adenoma (PEA) is a very rare benign cutaneous sweat gland tumor, it usually presents as an isolated well-circumscribed dermal nodule existent for a prolonged duration of time. Objectives: We report a case of PEA in a 74-year-old woman from Mexico who presented with a rare case of papillary eccrine adenoma. Materials and methods: We gathered our information by using PubMed and Scopus portal, in total there have been only 48 cases reported so far in English Literature. We present detailed review of findings of all cases reported so far including our case report. Results: Our results indicated that the median age of presentation was 45 years amongst males and females. The mean size of the tumor is approximately 16 mm amongst males and females with more than double the incidence was noted in females, along with a predominant occurrence noted in the Black population. The most common location for presentation was the lower extremities, followed by the upper extremities, abdomen and face respectively. Conclusion: In summary, PEA is a rare benign cutaneous sweat gland tumor representing intradermal proliferation of sweat gland ducts. It is slow growing in nature, with a greater incidence in women, and predominantly presents on the extremities. Despite its typical histological features, at times it can resemble other cutaneous neoplasms, thus it may present with diagnostic challenges. Moh’s technique has lately been reported to have increased success rates in the management of this tumor.

Rare benign cutaneous tumor sweat gland origin histopathological findings diagnostic challenges Moh’s technique

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