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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-96

Secretory carcinoma of breast mimicking an abscess: A diagnostic dilemma

Department of Pathology, Shri Satya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Nellikuppam, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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K Bharathi
Department of Pathology, Shri Satya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Nellikuppam, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.154909

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Secretory carcinoma is a rare type of breast carcinoma usually seen in the young females, and it is also called as "Juvenile carcinoma." We report here a case of secretory carcinoma in an elderly female with an unusual clinical presentation. She had a painful swelling in left breast of 6 cm × 5 cm size for the past 6 months. Skin over the swelling was inflamed and ulcerated. Mammogram findings favored a chronic infected hematoma/abscess. Fine needle aspirate (FNA) is a murky fluid admixed with blood and was reported as acute inflammatory lesion. 2 weeks later she developed nipple retraction and an increase in size of the swelling. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) was repeated again from firm areas and in multiple points of swelling. To our surprise, FNA smears revealed dysplastic ductal epithelial cells with minimal atypia. Modified radical mastectomy was planned. Histopathological examination confirmed the mass as secretory carcinoma, a rare variant of ductal carcinoma of the breast. Postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy was started. We report this case to emphasize that FNAC can be repeated in suspicious cases and should be correlated clinico-radiologically to give a preoperative diagnosis.

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