Author: Dr Ben Tallon, Dermatologist/Dermatopathologist, Tauranga, New Zealand, 2011.
This distinctive tumour is an adnexal tumour argued to arise from the apocrine or eccrine secretory coil or coiled duct.
Histology of cylindroma
Low power view of cylindroma shows a non-encapsulated tumournodule arising from the dermis (Figure 1). This is formed by multiple irregular tumour islands, distributed in an aptly named ‘jigsaw’ pattern (Figure 2). Surrounding the tumour islands, and in discrete droplets within the nodules is a thick hyaline deposit (Figure 3). Two populations of cells are noted to make up the tumournodules. A smaller cell with a hyperchromatic nucleus tending to the periphery, and larger cells with open nuclei throughout the centre of the nodules (Figure 4).
The hyaline bands and deposits are PAS positive and diastase resistant, and are known to contain type IV and type VII collagen.
Variants of cylindroma pathology
Brooke-Spiegler syndromeand multiple cylindromatosis turban tumoursyndrome: No differences are seen between sporadic cylindromas or those occurring in the context of this syndromes. Tumours with overlap features with eccrine spiradenoma can be seen.
Differential diagnosis of cylindroma pathology
Eccrine spiradenoma: In this tumour the low power view shows a diffuse proliferation of the basophilic component while lacking the discretetumour islands. There is frequently a minor lymphocyticinfiltrate present, while in cylindroma there is a more prominent population of S100 positive dendritic cells.
Spiradenocylindroma: In some tumours features of both cylindroma and eccrine spiradenoma can be seen and are designated as overlap tumours.
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