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Lipomatous Apocrine Mixed Tumor of the Skin

Ohata, Chika M.D.; Hanada, Masato M.D.

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: April 2003 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 138-141
Extraordinary Case Reports

The common mesenchymal elements of apocrine mixed tumor of the skin are mucin and chondroid tissue. An apocrine mixed tumor of the skin with extensive adipose content is reported. A 56-year-old Japanese man presented with a subcutaneous mass in the glabella region that was 1 cm in diameter and had developed within the preceding 5 years. Light microscopic examination showed a well-circumscribed and encapsulated subcutaneous tumor composed of tubular structures with apocrine secretion and mucin as well as extensive adipose tissue. This case, in light of another recently reported case, indicates that adipose tissue can be the major mesenchymal element in apocrine mixed tumor of the skin.

From the Department of Dermatology (C.O.), Higashiosaka City General Hospital, Osaka, and the Department of Pathology (M.H.), Toyonaka Municipal Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

Address correspondence and reprints to Chika Ohata, M.D., Department of Dermatology, Higashiosaka City General Hospital, 3–4-5, Nishi-iwata, Higashiosaka, Osaka, 578–8588, Japan. E-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.