Synchronous metastases to the liver and pancreas from a primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration

Maria McIntire, Kalliopi Siziopikou, Jyothi Patil, Paolo Gattuso*

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Abstract

Extrapulmonary neuroendocrine carcinoma is uncommon. Cases of primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast have been reported, though rare. We report the case of a 53-year-old woman who underwent a mastectomy for breast carcinoma and presented three years later with synchronous masses in the head of the pancreas and liver. Fine-needle aspiration of both organs revealed a neuroendocrine carcinoma. The original breast tumor was reviewed and found to express neuroendocrine markers. A diagnosis of a primary neuroendocrine carcinoma of the breast was rendered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic cytopathology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • FNA
  • Neuroendocrine differentiation
  • Primary breast carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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