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Ethiop Med J. 2008 Jul;46(3):273-6.

Disseminated form of syringoma (eruptive syringoma) sparing the face-a rare presentation causing diagnostic challenge.

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Department of Dermatology, ALERT Hospital Addis Ababa Ethiopia.


Syringomas are benign neoplasms of the skin commonly appearing around the eye lids. Though common in middle-aged women, it affects all age groups. The lesions are asymptomatic, firm, discrete, translucent or skin colored flat-topped papules. Once papules of syringoma come into being, which usually is after puberty, they remain as they are for a lifetime. Disseminated lesions appearing on the abdomen, scalp and genital area has been described earlier. We report the disseminated form (eruptive) syringoma involving the trunk, the neck, and the upper extremities while sparing the face. Our case created a diagnostic difficulty because of the unusual distribution of lesions. The case is presented and discussed with review of literature.

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