Advances in Breast Cancer Research

Volume 11, Issue 2 (April 2022)

ISSN Print: 2168-1589   ISSN Online: 2168-1597

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Association of Metastasis and Axillary Lymph Node Tuberculosis in Breast Cancer: Clinical Case and Review of the Literature

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DOI: 10.4236/abcr.2022.112008    225 Downloads   880 Views  

ABSTRACT

The coexistence of tuberculosis with axillary lymph node metastases in breast carcinoma is rare. Axillary lymph node metastasis is the most important factor in the staging of breast carcinoma, and the number of axillary lymph nodes metastasizing changes the stage. Since tuberculosis also produces lymph node enlargement, this can mimic or complicate the staging of a malignant disease. Dual organ pathology can lead to interpretation difficulties and inappropriate treatment of tuberculosis as well as breast carcinoma. Additionally, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) of such cases can be misleading if only one of the diseases is detected. We report two cases of infiltrating carcinoma of the nonspecific type of the breast in two women aged 35 and 55 where tuberculosis was found in the axillary lymph nodes in addition to metastases. As the present case led to the fortuitous discovery of tuberculosis with tumor metastasis, it reinforces the possibility of a coexisting lesion in the minds of pathologists, especially in areas endemic to tuberculosis.

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Pamateck, S. , Sidibe, B. , Diakité, I. , Saye, Z. , Darar, I. , Doumbia, A. and Togo, A. (2022) Association of Metastasis and Axillary Lymph Node Tuberculosis in Breast Cancer: Clinical Case and Review of the Literature. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 11, 101-108. doi: 10.4236/abcr.2022.112008.

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