Clear cell hidradenoma of the breast diagnosed on a core needle biopsy a case report and review of the literature

Sara S.H. Al-Adawi*, Badriya Al-Qasabi, Maiya Al-Bahri, Adil Aljarrah, Suad Al-Aghbari

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Clear cell hidradenoma (CCH) is a tumour originating from the eccrine sweat glands. It usually presents in the limbs, axilla or trunk. CCH of the breast is rare and can present as a cystic lesion in the breast that can be easily misdiagnosed as malignancy. We report a 36-year-old female patient who presented at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Breast Clinic, Muscat, Oman, in 2018 with a lump in her left breast. Ultrasound examination reported a complex cystic lesion with a solid, vascular component. An ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy was suggestive of clear cell hidradenoma. Surgical excision was performed and histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of CCH of the breast. This is the first ever case of a diagnosis of CCH made using core needle biopsy. CCH can be challenging to diagnose; therefore, awareness of its histopathological and ultrasonographic features are essential to avoid misdiagnosis and over treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e357-e361
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Acrospiroma
  • Breast
  • Case Report
  • Eccrine Glands
  • Oman
  • Sweat Gland Adenoma
  • Sweat Gland Neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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