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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 416-417  

Poroid hidradenoma: An unusual presentation

Department of Pathology, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication17-May-2016

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Nidhi Awasthi
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.168000

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The term "poroma" refers to a group of benign cutaneous adnexal neoplasms with "poroid" or terminal ductal differentiation. Four histopathologic variants have been identified depending on location of the tumor cells: Hidradenoma simplex, eccrine poroma, dermal duct tumor and poroid hidradenoma. [1],[2],[3] Recent studies have shown a common histogenesis for all these variants. [4]

A 45-year-old male presented to the surgical outpatient department with a gradually increasing swelling of 1-year duration, over right lower anterior abdominal wall. There were no other associated symptoms. On examination, there was a 3 cm × 3 cm, mobile, nontender, erythematous lump arising from anterior abdominal wall of right iliac fossa. His past medical and family history were unremarkable. A clinical diagnosis of infected sebaceous cyst was made. The nodular swelling was excised under local anesthesia and was sent for histopathological examination.

Macroscopic examination showed a skin covered soft tissue mass measuring 3 cm × 2.5 cm × 1.5 cm. Cut surface showed a sub-epidermal, well-circumscribed, solid grayish white tumor with multiple small cystic foci [Figure 1]. Microscopic examination revealed a well-circumscribed, lobulated, intra-dermal, solid-cystic tumor, with no apparent connection to the overlying epidermis [Figure 2]. The tumor was composed of, small and dark staining poroid cells having round to oval nuclei, indistinct nucleoli with scant eosinophilic cytoplasm [Figure 3] and cuticular cells having round nuclei, distinct nucleoli with abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm. Cuticular cells showed evidence of ductal differentiation at places [Figure 4]. Focal areas showed glandular structures lined by columnar to cuboidal cells with clear cell change at places, cystic spaces filled with eosinophilic material, [Figure 1] irregular ectatic vessels and stromal infiltration by lymphocytes and plasma cells. Histomorphological findings were compatible with poroid hidradenoma. The postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was doing well after 2 months of surgery.
Figure 1: Gross appearance

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Figure 2: Low power examination: (H & E, ×100), intra-dermal, solid-cystic tumor. Cystic spaces containing eosinophilic material shown by white arrows

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Figure 3: H & E, ×400 showing poroid cells

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Figure 4: H & E, ×400 showing cuticular cells with ductal differentiation

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Poroid hidradenoma is an uncommon variant of Poromas described by Abenoza and Ackerman in 1990, [1],[2],[3] occurring over a wide age range from 17 to 91 years, [2] with a peak in the seventh decade. It presents clinically as a solitary, circumscribed, intra-dermal nodule. Histopathologically, these are hybrid lesions, showing cytological characteristics of poromas with poroid and cuticular cells [3] and architectural features of hidradenoma, which is an intra-dermal, solid-cystic tumor. [1] Some reports have stressed on the role of fine needle aspiration cytology in the diagnosis of these solid-cystic tumors. [5] To date, few cases of poroid hidradenoma have been reported in the literature. [1],[2]

To conclude, Poroid hidradenoma is an uncommon benign adnexal tumor which can present clinically as a cystic lesion. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cutaneous solid-cystic lesions preoperatively, so that adequate surgical excision is done and recurrences are prevented.

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