Cystic Basal Cell Carcinoma or Hidrocytoma? The Use of an Excisional Biopsy in a Histopathologically Challenging Case

Tamy B.H. Buckel, Klaus Helm, Michael Ioffreda

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Abstract

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has many histologic variants. These variants may show differentiation toward benign and malignant tumors of cutaneous appendages, especially hair follicles. Herein we describe a lesion that was clinically thought to be a BCC, but a superficial biopsy showed histologic features suggestive of an apocrine hidrocystoma. Because of some cytologic atypia, complete excision was recommended. The excision specimen revealed a cystic BCC. The importance of examining the entire neoplasm before reaching a final pathologic diagnosis is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Dermatopathology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

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Basal Cell Carcinoma
Biopsy
Hidrocystoma
Hair Follicle
Neoplasms
Skin

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dermatology

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