Painless breast lump in an elderly woman Secretory breast carcinoma in an elderly woman

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Secretory breast carcinoma is a rare breast cancer. It occurs in all age groups, with the majority of patients being adults. It is a rare occurrence in elderly (>50 years) patients; only 5 cases have been reported in this patient group in the English literature. It is even rarer in males, with only 15 cases reported in the world literature. Ultrasonographic findings may resemble other well-circumscribed breast carcinomas as well as some benign masses, including fibroadenomas. We present a case of a 60-year-old woman who had a painless lump in her right breast. The tumor was ulcerating through the skin. Axillary lymph nodes were also palpable. Simple mastectomy was performed and the histopathologic findings revealed secretory carcinoma of the breast.


Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine