Carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast

I. T. Rubio, S. Korourian, H. Brown, C. Cowan, Vicki Klimberg

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Abstract

Breast metastases from nonmammary malignant neoplasms are uncommon, accounting for approximately 2% of breast tumors. There are 13 cases reported in the literature of carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast, and more than half of these cases were misdiagnosed pathologically and treated as primary breast carcinoma, even in cases with a medical record of carcinoid tumor. We describe a patient with a history of asthma and diarrhea who presented to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, with an exacerbation of the asthma. The results of routine physical examination revealed a mass in the left breast. A diagnosis of carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast was made after a partial mastectomy was performed. The differential diagnosis between primary carcinoid tumor of the breast and carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast is often controversial in surgical pathology. Diagnoses need to be made correlating clinical and histological examination in difficult cases in which there is not a diagnosis of carcinoid tumor elsewhere. Accurate diagnosis of breast metastases is important to avoid unnecessary treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1119
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume133
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Carcinoid Tumor
Breast
Breast Neoplasms
Asthma
Neoplasm Metastasis
Surgical Pathology
Segmental Mastectomy
Diagnostic Errors
Physical Examination
Medical Records
Diarrhea
Differential Diagnosis
Neoplasms

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Rubio, I. T., Korourian, S., Brown, H., Cowan, C., & Klimberg, V. (1998). Carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast. Archives of Surgery, 133(10), 1117-1119. https://doi.org/10.1001/archsurg.133.10.1117

Carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast. / Rubio, I. T.; Korourian, S.; Brown, H.; Cowan, C.; Klimberg, Vicki.

In: Archives of Surgery, Vol. 133, No. 10, 10.1998, p. 1117-1119.

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Rubio, IT, Korourian, S, Brown, H, Cowan, C & Klimberg, V 1998, 'Carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast', Archives of Surgery, vol. 133, no. 10, pp. 1117-1119. https://doi.org/10.1001/archsurg.133.10.1117
Rubio, I. T. ; Korourian, S. ; Brown, H. ; Cowan, C. ; Klimberg, Vicki. / Carcinoid tumor metastatic to the breast. In: Archives of Surgery. 1998 ; Vol. 133, No. 10. pp. 1117-1119.
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