A chronic itchy papular condition occurring in areas of the skin with apocrine glands especially the axilla of young women. Chronic blockage of the sweat gland ducts with a secondary, non-bacterial inflammatory response to the secretions and cellular debris in the cysts.
Similar to hidradenitis but without secondary bacterial infection so that no pus-draining sinuses are formed.
1902 – Original report in 1902 based on the reviews of two patients by Fox and the histopathological review by Fordyce
- George Henry Fox (1846-1937)
- John Addison Fordyce (1858-1925)
- Apocrine miliaria
The final conclusions of Fox and Fordyce regarding related to neurosis and to neurodermatitis was wrong; but their observation that individual lesions looked, at times, similar to keratosis pilaris was correct
- Fox GH, Fordyce JA. Two cases of a rare papular disease affecting the axillary region. J Cutan Genitourin Dis 1902; 20: 1-5. [Reprint: Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(1):16. JAMA]
- Böer A. Dr Fox and Fordyce – A biographical note. Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual. 2004; 10: 2
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