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Pathology. 2001 May;33(2):149-52.

Apocrine adenoma of the breast: diagnosis on large core needle biopsy.

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  • 1Department of Anatomical Pathology, The Canberra Hospital, Canberra Clinical School, University of Sydney, Australia.


Apocrine adenoma is a rare benign epithelial tumour of the breast that can radiologically present as a well-defined opacity. The clinical, radiological and pathological findings of apocrine adenoma of the breast in a 72-year-old woman are described. Histologically, the tumour is characterised by a circumscribed proliferation of metaplastic apocrine cells which may contain calcifications. Pathological assessment of the lesion is essential in making the diagnosis.

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