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Gynecol Oncol. 2005 Jun;97(3):946-8.

Metastasis from breast carcinoma to a tamoxifen-related endometrial polyp.

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  • 1Osmangazi University Medical Faculty, Department of Pathology, Eski┼čehir, Turkey. acikalin@ogu.edu.tr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Metastasis of extragenital neoplasms to an endometrial polyp is rare and until now, only 6 cases of such involvement has been described.

CASE:

A 58-year-old woman, who had been diagnosed 4 years ago with infiltrating ductal breast carcinoma and treated with surgery and tamoxifen therapy, was admitted to the gynecology clinic because of endometrial thickening observed during a routine abdominal ultrasonographic examination. A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. Pathological examination of the specimen showed a large polyp which microscopically showed clusters of cells with signet ring morphology within the polyp stroma. The positivity of tumor cells for GCDFP-15 supported the diagnosis of metastatic breast carcinoma to endometrial polyp.

CONCLUSION:

Metastatic breast carcinoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of carcinomas with signet ring cell morphology involving uterus.

PMID:
15896832
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