Sebaceous carcinoma of the eyelid

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  • © 2016, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. All rights reserved. Background: Periocular sebaceous carcinoma (PSC) is a rare but aggressive neoplasm that tends to clinically and histopathologically mimic other conditions. PSC can be challenging to diagnose using histomorphology alone given its overlap with 2 more common tumors that occur in this area (basal cell carcinoma [BCC] and squamous cell carcinoma [SCC]). Use of immunohistochemistry can help resolve this differential diagnosis. Methods: A review of the literature was performed, focusing on the epidemiology, morphology, and immunohistochemical features of PSC. Results: The most useful immunostains in the differential diagnosis of PSC are epithelial membrane antigen, Ber-Ep4, androgen receptor (AR), and adipophilin. To discern PSC from BCC, one should use EMA, Ber-Ep4, AR, and adipophilin, whereas discerning PSC from SCC can be achieved by evaluating AR and adipophilin. In addition, p53 and ERBB2 (formally known as HER2/neu) are other potentially useful immunohistochemical markers for the differential diagnosis of PSC. Conclusions: Use of new immunohistochemical techniques, as well as the elucidation of molecular alterations, such as the presence of ERBB2 amplification, will advance our understanding of PSC.
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  • Prieto-Granada C; Rodriguez-Waitkus P
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  • 126
  • End Page

  • 132
  • Volume

  • 23
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  • 2