Scientific publications

Diagnosis of Lafora's disease in apocrine sweat glands of the axilla

Aug 1, 1991 | Magazine: The American Journal of Dermatopathology

Idoate MA, Vazquez JJ, Soto J, de Castro P.
Department of Pathology, University Hospital, Pamplona, Spain.

A case of Lafora's disease diagnosed by skin biopsy is reported.

Lafora's bodies, the hallmark of myoclonal epilepsy, were present in the epithelial cells of the apocrine glands. Therefore, the skin biopsy of the axilla proved to be very useful in the diagnosis of this entity.

A striking feature of the case was that Lafora's bodies were only found in apocrine glands, whereas the eccrine glands were free of them.

CITATION  Am J Dermatopathol. 1991 Aug;13(4):410-3