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Acta Cytol. 1989 Sep-Oct;33(5):659-62.

Fine needle aspiration cytology of subcutaneous cysticercosis of the breast. Case report and pathogenic discussion.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Cytology, Saint Michel Hospital, Paris, France.


A case of subcutaneous cysticercosis of the breast diagnosed by fine needle aspiration cytology is reported. The cytologic preparations showed the presence of many inflammatory cells mixed with spiked spherules resembling the rambutan tropical fruit. These spherules arose from the degenerated integument of the parasite found in the histologically excised cyst. They are suggestive of the presence of an encysted flat worm, but are not specific for cysticercosis, whose identification is based on the study of the cephalic extremity of the parasite.

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