Poromas of the head and neck

Tarquin O. Moore, Heather L. Orman, Steven K. Orman, Klaus F. Helm

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Abstract

Background: The "eccrine" poroma is a benign neoplasm previously thought to originate from the eccrine sweat gland. Early studies suggested that these were primarily lesions of the hairless acral surfaces. Objective: This article reports the clinical and histologic findings of 10 cases of poroma of the head and neck area. Methods: The clinical and histologic findings of 10 cases of poroma of the head and neck area are compared with 10 poromas occurring on the extremities. Results: Some poromas demonstrated evidence for apocrine origin. Unlike poromas found on the extremities, head and neck poromas were usually asymptomatic and were never correctly diagnosed clinically. Although 9 of 10 poromas on the extremities occurred in male patients, the head and neck poromas showed no gender predilection. Conclusion: Clinicians should be aware that poromas can occur in the head and neck area and may be of apocrine origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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