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Malignant eccrine spiradenoma

Other Names for this Disease
  • Eccrine spiradenoma, malignant
  • MES
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Malignant eccrine spiradenoma is a type of tumor that develops from a sweat gland in the skin.  It starts as a rapidly-growing bump on the head or abdomen, and may cause tenderness, redness, or an open wound.[1]  The exact cause of malignant eccrine spiradenoma is unknown, though it is thought that sun exposure or problems with the immune system (immunosuppression) may contribute to the development of this tumor.[2]  Because malignant eccrine spiradenoma is quite rare, there are no established treatment guidelines; however, in practice, surgery is often performed to remove the tumor and additional treatments may follow, depending on the severity and extent of the cancer.[1][2]
Last updated: 11/14/2011


  1. Andreoli MT, Itani KM. Malignant eccrine spiradenoma: a meta-analysis of reported cases. American Journal of Surgery. 2011; 201:695-699. Accessed 11/8/2011.
  2. Kampshoff JL, Cogbill TH. Unusual skin tumors: Merkel cell carcinoma, eccrine carcinoma, glomus tumors, and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. Surgical Clinics of North America. 2009; 89:727-738. Accessed 11/8/2011.
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