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Syringoid eccrine carcinoma: a clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of four cases
  1. M Sidiropoulos1,
  2. S Sade1,2,
  3. A Al-Habeeb1,3,
  4. D Ghazarian1,3
  1. 1Department of Pathobiology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Department of Pathology, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr D Ghazarian, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9, Canada; danny.ghazarian{at}


Background Syringoid eccrine carcinoma (SEC) is a rare malignant adnexal tumour with variable presentations.

Aim To examine the clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features of SEC.

Methods Four cases were reviewed by three dermatopathologists and the immunohistochemical profile was examined using antibodies against CK5/6, CK7, CK14, CK20, LMWK, HMWK, EMA, mCEA, p63, ER, PR, AR, S-100 and Ber-EP4.

Results The cases occurred in two men and two women, ranging in age from 61 to 87 years (mean 68.5). Two of the lesions were from the face and two from the trunk. All four lesions were composed of an atypical infiltrative mass with syringoma-like tadpole morphology with ductular differentiation and prominent desmoplasia. Three cases demonstrated perineural invasion and two had positive lymph node metastases. Immunostaining was variable. Immunohistochemistry positivity was as follows: three out of four cases were positive for CK5/6, CK7 (2/4), CK14 (1/3), CK20 (0/2), HMWK (0/2), LMWK (1/2), EMA (3/4), mCEA (4/4), p63 (2/3), ER (2/3), PR (1/2), AR (0/3), S-100 (0/3) and Ber-EP4 (2/2).

Conclusion SEC can present on the trunk and are not limited to the head and neck region. In addition to syringoma-like tadpole structures and glandular differentiation, these tumours can also exhibit squamoid and cribriform growth patterns. Immunostaining in SEC is variable and this variability is believed to stem from this tumour's ability to differentiate along multiple routes, including sweat secretory and/or ductal differentiation.

  • Adnexal tumour
  • cancer
  • dermatopathology
  • immunohistochemistry
  • skin
  • skin cancer
  • syringoid eccrine carcinoma

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval This study received ethics approval from the Research Ethics Board University Health Network.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.