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Aust N Z J Surg. 1988 Apr;58(4):301-5.

Cystosarcoma phyllodes--Asian variations.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore.


Cystosarcoma phyllodes afflicting 106 female patients in a multiracial Asian society is reviewed and some interesting variations are noted when compared with Western patients. The incidence of phyllodes tumour is 3.83% of surgically removed breast tumours compared with 0.5-2.5% in Western series. This lends weight to the belief that non-Caucasians are more prone to this enigmatic breast disease than the Caucasian population. The profile of the Asian phyllodes patient is that of a young female, aged 25-30 years, whereas her Western counterpart is in her 40s. As a result, she is liable to be mistaken clinically as having fibro-adenoma. The disease is notably rare among the females below 20 years of age but in the Asian context, as much as one-quarter-one-third may be in the adolescent group. There were only three malignant and six borderline phyllodes tumours out of 106 cases, and this incidence is far below that of many other studies in which the malignant cases are believed to constitute 23-27%. However, this may not be a racial variation but explicable by the fact that the present study is an unselected cohort from a general surgical unit. The presence of associated benign breast disease in 25.5% cases helps to reinforce the widely held belief that fibro-adenoma and phyllodes tumour are related to some degree.

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