Secretory carcinoma of the skin with lymph node metastases and recurrence in both lungs: A case report

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Abstract

Secretory carcinoma of the skin is an extremely rare adnexal tumor, histopathologically identical to homologous lesions in the salivary glands and breast tissue. Although this tumor was previously reported as indolent, we report a case of secretory carcinoma of the skin with metastases and recurrence. The patient, a 31-year-old women, had a subcutaneous mass in the right axilla. The resected specimen contained a circumscribed mass, with proliferating tumor cells that exhibited prominent nucleoli. They exhibited glandular and papillary growth patterns and there were amphophilic secretions in the glands. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were positive for mammaglobin and S100. The tumor was surrounded by sweat glands and there was no mammary glandular tissue, suggesting that it was derived from axillary sweat glands. Accordingly, we made a diagnosis of secretory carcinoma of the skin. Four years after the operation, there were metastases in both lungs. The resected specimen revealed a tumor identical to that of the original skin tumor. Next-generation sequencing-based multiplex gene assay performed on the metastatic tissue revealed an ETV6-NTRK3 fusion gene. This is a rare case report of secretory carcinoma of the skin with lymph node metastases and recurrence in both lungs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1069-1074
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Pathology
Volume48
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ETV6-NTRK3 gene fusion
  • adnexal and skin appendage neoplasms
  • axillary sweat glands
  • malignant behavior
  • secretory carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Dermatology

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