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Acta Cytol. 1997 Jul-Aug;41(4):1139-43.

Fine needle aspiration cytology of tubular carcinoma of the breast.

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  • 1Department of Cytology, Wellington Hospital, New Zealand.



To analyze six cases of tubular carcinoma involving the breast in which the diagnosis was made by fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC).


All patients were females between the ages of 28 and 67 years. The aspiration findings were confirmed by subsequent cell blocks of the aspirates and tissue examination of the breast mass. The aspirate was obtained using multiple passes in the breast masses while maintaining negative pressure.


The cytohistologic features in all cases were characterized by a bland and orderly appearance of cells, few cell atypias, variable numbers of myoepithelial cells, tubular structures and somewhat angular epithelial clusters. The value of immunocytochemical study in the diagnosis was uncertain.


The uncommon occurrence of tubular carcinoma of the breast, the bland and orderly appearances of cells in FNAC samples (as in tissue) and the difficulties in the cytodiagnosis can be found in other breast conditions. A cautious attitude toward the diagnosis of tubular carcinoma from FNAC samples is necessary, and cell atypias, when seen, should be reported with a recommendation for removal of the breast lump for detailed tissue examination.

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