Generalized hyperhidrosis secondary to presumed eccrine gland dysfunction with possible apocrine metaplasia.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/D32312037674
We present a 57 year-old man presented with generalized hyperhidrosis and widespread, smooth, flesh colored papules on the torso and extremities.Histological examination from multiple biopsies demonstrated morphologic alteration of the eccrine glands with an apocrine phenotype, suggesting eitherapocrine metaplasia or the presence of “apoeccrine glands.” The morphologic similarities between eccrine, apocrine, and apoeccrine as they relate to ourpatient’s histologic findings are discussed. We consider secondary causes of generalized hyperhidrosis, which may also play a role in this patient’s presentation. Treatment and further workup are discussed, whilemanagement of this patient remains in progress.