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Paget's Disease of the Groin

Walter M. Holleran, MD; Karl J. Schmutzer, MD
JAMA. 1965;193(11):965-966. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090110103034.
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PAGET'S DISEASE of the nipple comprises approximately 2% of all breast cancers in women.1 Despite this low incidence, clinicians are well aware of its occurrence and are usually familiar with its morphological characteristics. Of greater rarity, however, is the occurrence of this pathological entity in areas other than the breast. This so-called extramammary Paget's disease may be found in body regions in which there is an abundance of apocrine glands. A number of cases involving the axilla, the perianal, and the external genital regions have been reported.2-7

It is the purpose of this presentation to report a case of Paget's disease of the groin, and to point out the significance of considering a malignant disease when a chronic eczematous lesion is seen. The treatment of Paget's disease of the breast with adequate local resection, along with regional lymph-node dissection, is well accepted. This basic principle should also be


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