| Abstract|| |
Eccrine hidrocystomas (EHs) are benign tumors, which arise as cystic dilatation of the eccrine sweat duct. The lesions of EH have a chronic course with periodic flares in summer months, associated with exacerbation in sweating. Diagnosis is mainly clinical with histopathology being confirmatory. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive tool, which may confirm diagnosis of EH without subjecting the patient to a biopsy. We report two representative cases of EH, with emphasis on dermoscopic features and which well responded to topical botulinum toxin-like peptide.
Keywords: Botulinum toxin-like peptide, dermoscopy, eccrine hidrocystoma
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Kumar P, Gandhi V, Kumari P. Eccrine hidrocystoma: A report of two cases with special reference to dermoscopic features. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2021;14:118-20
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Kumar P, Gandhi V, Kumari P. Eccrine hidrocystoma: A report of two cases with special reference to dermoscopic features. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 17];14:118-20. Available from: https://www.jcasonline.com/text.asp?2021/14/1/118/311818
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Eccrine hidrocystoma was diagnosed by dermoscopy, without subjecting the patients to biopsy. These diseases well responded to topical botulinum toxin-like peptide, without recurrence. Therefore, we propose new diagnostic method and treatment modalities for well-established disease.
| Introduction|| |
Eccrine hidrocystoma (EH) is a benign cystic tumor, which occurs as a result of dilated ducts of mature eccrine sweat unit. It is characterized by a chronic course and summer aggravation. Lesions are usually multiple (Robinson type), affecting the face in middle-aged women. Dermoscopy is a well-established noninvasive diagnostic modality, which is being used in the diagnosis of many facial papular lesions such as EH. Characteristic dermoscopic features may preclude the necessity of performing a skin biopsy.
| Case History|| |
A 44-year-old woman presented with multiple asymptomatic translucent skin-colored papules present over the nasal bridge, infraorbital region, and few over upper eyelid varying in size from 2–6 mm [Figure 1]A. She gave a history of aggravation in summer for the last 8 years. On puncturing the lesion with a sterile needle, clear fluid was noticed. Skin biopsy from most represented lesion revealed unilocular cyst lined by two layers of flattened cuboidal epithelium due to retention of sweat secondary to eccrine duct obstruction, without any evidence of decapitation in lining cells [Figure 1]B. Dermoscopy (performed by AM7013MZTS (4S) Dino-Lite Premier; AnMo, Taipei, Taiwan) showed whitish clod without crater along with multiple telangiectasias on nonpolarized mode [Figure 1]C and yellowish globules with multiple telangiectasias on polarized mode [Figure 1]D.
|Figure 1: (A) Multiple translucent skin-colored cystic papules in centrofacial distribution (Clinical images taken by iPhone 6s, 12 megapixel camera). (B) Unilocular cyst lined by two layers of flattened cuboidal epithelium without any evidence of decapitation in lining cells (hematoxylin and eosin, ×100 magnification). (C) Nonpolarized dermoscopic image (×170 magnification) showed whitish clod without crater (yellow arrow) with multiple telangiectasias (white arrow). (D) Dermoscopy in polarized mode (×170 magnification) reveals yellowish globules (blue arrow) with multiple telangiectasias (white arrow)|
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A 58-year-old woman presented with translucent to skin-colored papular lesion over periorbital region, with a few lesions in zygomatic area and cheek, varying in size from 1–5 mm for the last 6 years [Figure 2]A. Clear fluid was noticed on puncturing with a sterile needle. Skin biopsy from most represented lesion revealed unilocular cyst lined by two layers of flattened cuboidal epithelium without any evidence of decapitation in lining cells [Figure 2]B. Dermoscopy showed whitish clod without crater on nonpolarized mode [Figure 2]C and yellowish globules with multiple telangiectasias in polarized mode [Figure 2]D. Both cases were treated with topical botulinum toxin-like peptide (twice daily application). Almost complete clearance of lesions was observed in Case 2 after 6 weeks of treatment, but Case 1 could not come for follow-up.
|Figure 2: (A) Multiple translucent skin-colored, bluish cystic lesions in periorbital distribution, cheeks, and zygomatic region. (B) Unilocular cyst lined by two layers of flattened cuboidal epithelium without any evidence of decapitation in lining cells (hematoxylin and eosin, ×40 magnification). (C) Whitish clod (yellow arrow) without crater seen on dermoscopy (nonpolarized mode, ×170 magnification). (D) Yellowish globules (blue arrow) with multiple telangiectasias (white arrow) seen on dermoscopy (polarized mode, ×170 magnification)|
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| Discussion|| |
Robinson first described EH in women working in hot and humid environment. EH presented with a benign cystic lesions of eccrine ducts with unknown etiology. Diagnosis of EH is usually confirmed on histopathological examination. Lesions are of cosmetic concern to female patients. A skin biopsy being invasive is usually not preferred by acceptable patient. Therefore, dermoscopy could be a tool for diagnosis without risk of scarring.,, Dermoscopic features of EH have been previously described as depicted in [Table 1].,,
|Table 1: Dermoscopic features of eccrine hidrocystoma and their differential diagnosis|
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In our patients, dermoscopy of EH lesions showed whitish clod without crater on nonpolarized mode and yellow globules with multiple telangiectasias in polarized mode. Furthermore, it also helped in differentiating other similar lesions over face [Table 1].,,, The histopathological correlation of the whitish clod without crater and yellowish globules in different modes of dermoscopy, owing to the presence of unilocular cystic space situated within the dermis, is attributed to Tyndall effect. Different modalities have been proposed for the treatment of this condition with variable results, and recently topical botulinum toxin-like peptide has shown excellent results.
To conclude, diagnosis of EH can be made by dermoscopic features, which are better appreciated in nonpolarized mode. Therefore, dermoscopy is a handy, useful bedside tool for the diagnosis of EH, which obviates invasive procedure such as skin biopsy.
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Department of Dermatology and STD, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi 110001.
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