microcystic adnexal carcinoma
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Related to microcystic adnexal carcinoma: desmoplastic trichoepithelioma
microcystic adnexal carcinomaA rare (circa 300 cases in the world literature) malignant skin appendage tumour, usually typed as a low-grade sweat gland carcinoma which occurs on the head and neck, and especially on the central face. It is locally aggressive and invades bone, muscle, blood vessels, cartilage, and nerves, but rarely metastasises. It presents as a clinical lesion averaging 3 cm2, but leaves an average post-surgical defect of 18 cm2, due to occult extension.
Adults (median age 50; range 10 to 90).
Syringoma, desmoplastic trichoepithelioma, adenosuamous carcinoma, trichoadenoma, morphoeic BCC, metastatic breast carcinoma, small cell carcinoma.
It is locally aggressive, but rarely metastasises.
20–50% of patients have a history of therapeutic radiation with a 30-year average latency; UV light has also been implicated.
Desmoplastic trichoepithelioma, syringoma, trichoadenoma.