Primary malignant lymphoma of the breast mimicking breast carcinoma: A case report

Shigeo Shiiki, Sadanori Fuchimoto, Fumiyuki Inoue, Yasuaki Kamikawa, Akira Gouchi, Fumihiro Hamada, Kouji Taguchi, Shinichiro Tanaka, Kunzo Orita

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A case of primary malignant lymphoma of the breast in a 52 year old woman is described herein. She presented with a painless tumor of the right breast, which was elastic-hard and measured 2×1 cm, although there was no lymphadenopathy noted in the axilla or any other regions. Both the biopsy carried out prior to surgery and frozen sections revealed evidence of malignancy, however, histologically, it was difficult to differentiate between malignant lymphoma and carcinoma until staining with the monoclonal antibody MB1 was performed. This allowed a diagnosis of B cell malignant lymphoma of the diffuse large-cell type to be made. The patient remains alive and well 24 months after her mastectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalThe Japanese Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • breast
  • malignant lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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