We describe a case of a 37-year-old woman with a left axillary mass. Often, the initial differential diagnosis of an axillary mass is not easy to make. We performed fine-needle aspiration of the axillary mass that revealed the presence of numerous epithelial neoplastic cells. A bilateral digital mammography, chest and abdomen computed tomography scan, and a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) of the axillary region were performed. In our case, the MRI was able to exclude the presence of neoplastic tissue in the breast; moreover, it confirmed the presence of metastatic lymph nodes and recognized a second type of nodular lesion in the axilla, showing on the MRI a radiologic pattern similar to breast tissue.
|Titolo:||Primary carcinoma of ectopic breast tissue|
|Parole Chiave:||axillary mass ; lymphadenopathy ; metastatic lymph nodes ; nodular lesion|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/18 - Chirurgia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.3816/CBC.2008.n.021|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|