Skin Adnexal Tumors: A study of 26 cases

  • Vidya Viswanathan Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
  • Arpana Dharwadkar Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
  • Shruti Vimal Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
  • Parul Bhandari Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
  • Aditi Malhotra Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
  • Barnali Paul Department of Pathology, Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College
Keywords: Adnexal tumours, rare histopathological diagnosis


Background: Skin adnexal tumours are a category of rare tumours. They usually present as painless nodules and papules. The diagnosis of these tumours poses a challenge, because there is usually a discrepancy in clinical and histopathological diagnosis. Aims: To study the skin biopsies received in our department and compare their clinical and histopathological diagnosis. Material and methods: Prospective study of skin biopsies received in our department over a period of 1 year. The biopsies were processed and stained with haematoxylin and eosin and studied under the light microscope. Results: Out of the 26 cases studied, 25 were found to be benign tumours with a single case of keratoacanthoma. The most common tumour encountered was pilomatricoma and the least common was syringoma. Only four cases showed clinical correlation with histopathological diagnosis. Conclusion: It can be therefore concluded that skin adnexal tumours are rare tumours which need histopathological examination for their accurate diagnosis.


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