Apocrine Hidrocystoma: A Rare Case Report

  • Basavaraj P. Belaldavar
  • Vijayalaxmi Suranagi
  • Mounika KalakuntlaEmail author
  • Bijjal Raj
  • Aniruddh Tiwari
Clinical Report


Hidrocystoma is a cystic tumor originating from a dilated sweat gland. The tumor is typically small and located predominantly on the face, particularly in the eyelid margins. They are two classical types of hidrocystomas i.e., Apocrine and Eccrine. Apocrine hidrocystomas are cystic lesions that arise from the apocrine secretory coil and Eccrine hidrocystomas represent retention cysts of the eccrine duct. Multiple apocrine hidrocystomas confined to the eyelids have been recognized as a feature of a new variant of ectodermal dysplasia. Here we present a rare case of Apocrine hidrocystoma of supraorbital area for which excisional biopsy of the lesion was performed. Histopathological evaluation proved the lesion was a unilocular cyst lined by a double-layered epithelium of the apocrine type. The purpose of this paper is to report the unique occurrence of a Supra orbital apocrine hidrocystoma which was clinically as a sebaceous cyst and to discuss its differential diagnosis with other more common supraorbital and face lesions.


Cystic tumor Apocrine hidrocystoma Eccrine hidrocystoma Sebaceous cyst 


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Conflict of interest

Dr. Basavaraj P Belaldavar, Dr. Vijayalaxmi Suranagi, Dr. Mounika Kalakuntla, Dr. Bijjal Raj and Dr. Aniruddh Tiwari declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Additional informed consent was obtained from all individual participants for whom identifying information is included in this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Basavaraj P. Belaldavar
    • 1
  • Vijayalaxmi Suranagi
    • 2
  • Mounika Kalakuntla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bijjal Raj
    • 1
  • Aniruddh Tiwari
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ENT and Head and Neck SurgeryKLE University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical CollegeBelagaviIndia
  2. 2.Department of PathologyKLE University’s, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical CollegeBelagaviIndia

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