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Int Semin Surg Oncol. 2006 Sep 2;3:23.

Case report: Metaplastic carcinoma presenting as a breast abscess.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust, Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL, UK.


Metaplastic breast carcinoma (MBC) is a rare neoplasm containing a mixture of epithelial and mesenchymal elements. The epithelial component is usually ductal carcinoma but may include other variants of breast carcinomas including squamous carcinoma and osteogenic sarcoma. There is a relative paucity of data regarding such tumours. Metaplastic carcinoma carries a prognosis not dissimilar to that of comparable ductal carcinoma. This is the case of a 57 year old patient with MBC presenting with a breast abscess. A thorough literature search has not revealed any previous reports of MBC presenting as a breast abscess.

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