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Hidradenocarcinoma is a tumor caused by the abnormal growth of cells in a sweat gland.  It is a type of cancer that usually begins as a single spot (lesion) on the skin of the head or neck, but it has also been found on other parts of the body.[1][2]  This type of tumor typically develops in older individuals (after age 40).[2]  Each hidradenocarcinoma develops differently over time; some may stay the same size and others grow rapidly.  Sometimes it may spread into nearby tissues, or to more distant parts of the body in a process called metastasis.  It is not known why some hidradenocarcinomas progress rapidly while others remain stable.[2]
Last updated: 9/25/2013


  1. Wong A, Mollick DK, Siegel, DM. Eccrine Carcinoma. eMedicine. March 26, 2010; Accessed 10/25/2010.
  2. Gauerke S, Driscoll JJ. Hidradenocarcinoma: A Brief Review and Future Directions. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. May 2010; 134:781-785. Accessed 11/17/2011.
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