The term “syringoma” refers to a harmless sweat duct benign growth. Usually, these particular benign lesions are found in clusters on the eyelids; however, they can appear on other body sites too (e.g. upper chest, armpit areas, and face).
Syringoma has an appearance of a yellowish or skin-coloured firm rounded bump. The diameter of each bump varies from one to three millimeters.
Syringomas typically appear during adolescent years and have higher prevalence in women than in men. Usually, there is a family history of syringomas.
Eruptive syringomas usually arise in adult life in the form of multiple lesions that affect lower abdomen or chest.
Syringomas can be confused with xanthelasma (deposits of cholesterol found on eyelids), basal skin cancer, or trichoepitheliomas.
The appearance of skin biopsy under a microscope is characteristic. There can be observed small ducts with comma-like tails that looks like tadpoles on a sample.
Syringomas can be removed with laser or electrosurgery. Both of these procedures are quite successful; however, small scars can remain visible. In cases of reoccurrence, procedures can be repeated.
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