Dermoscopy findings of hidroacanthoma simplex

Yota Sato, Taku Fujimura, Erika Tamabuchi, Takahiro Haga, Setsuya Aiba

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Hidroacanthoma simplex (HAS), also known as intraepidermal eccrine poroma, is a rare eccrine adnexal tumor that tends to be misdiagnosed as other types of benign skin tumor, including clonal seborrheic keratosis. Notably, HAS is sometimes misdiagnosed and treated by cryosurgery as seborrheic keratosis, which could trigger the later development of porocarcinoma. Therefore, accurate diagnosis of HAS is indispensable for dermatologists to avoid the development of malignant tumors by an unsuitable treatment. In this report, we present the characteristic dermoscopy findings of HAS. Indeed, the dermoscopy findings might be related to the melanin-rich necrotic cells in the epidermis, which are quite different from dermoscopy findings of clonal seborrheic keratosis. As a previous report suggested, it is difficult for a dermatologist to differentiate HAS from clonal seborrheic keratosis by the naked eye. Our findings might be supportive for the early diagnosis of HAS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 22


  • Dermoscopy
  • Hidroacanthoma simplex
  • Muskmelon appearance


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