Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Scalp: Primary Cutaneous Neoplasm Versus Underlying Metastatic Disease


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Abstract

Summary:Primary cutaneous mucinous carcinoma (PCMC) is a rare mucin-producing malignancy derived from epithelial glandular structures. The literature regarding this topic is mostly in the form of case reports and case series. PCMC tends to present in the elderly with predilection for the head and neck and on initial assessment it can be easily mistaken for a simple inclusion cyst. Although PCMC is often indolent in nature, in rare instances it can metastasize and should remain a differential diagnosis in a selected population. The significance in identifying PCMC is reliably differentiating it from metastatic mucinous adenocarcinoma. We present a review of literature and case of PCMC on the scalp of a 67-year-old female.

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