INTRODUCTION: Primary squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the breast is an extremely rare entity and it has a low incidence in comparison with all other mammary cancers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe a case of SCC of the breast in a 55 year old woman who presented with a painless mass located in the external quadrant of the left breast. The neoformation, once removed, was tamponate formalin fixed and routinely processed for inclusion in paraffin. Sections were stained with haematoxilin-eosin and immunohistochemical and electron microscopy investigations were performed. RESULTS: Histologically, the neoplasia was characterized by cystic cavities covered by nests and sheaths of poorly differentiated squamous cells with keratinized areas. Mitotic activity was high, as well as cellular proliferative index, evaluated by Mib-1 (ki 67) antibody. At immunohistochemistry, the tumor cells were diffusely positive for high molecular weight cytokeratins and c-erbB-2, negative for vimentin, estrogen and progesterone. CD68 and LCA were positive only in the inflammatory cells. Electron microscopy confirmed the epithelial nature of the neoplastic cells. A diagnosis of SCC of the breast was made, and a radical mastectomy was performed. CONCLUSIONS: We make a brief review of the literature and discuss the main histologic criteria for the differential diagnosis with adenocarcinoma of the breast with squamous metaplasia

Megha, T., D'Amuri, A., Benvenuto, A., DE SANTI, M.m., DE LUCA, F., & Civitelli, S. (2004). PRIMARY SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OF THE BREAST: A CASE REPORT. PATHOLOGICA, 96(2), 45-48.

PRIMARY SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OF THE BREAST: A CASE REPORT

CIVITELLI, SERENELLA
2004

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INTRODUCTION: Primary squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the breast is an extremely rare entity and it has a low incidence in comparison with all other mammary cancers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe a case of SCC of the breast in a 55 year old woman who presented with a painless mass located in the external quadrant of the left breast. The neoformation, once removed, was tamponate formalin fixed and routinely processed for inclusion in paraffin. Sections were stained with haematoxilin-eosin and immunohistochemical and electron microscopy investigations were performed. RESULTS: Histologically, the neoplasia was characterized by cystic cavities covered by nests and sheaths of poorly differentiated squamous cells with keratinized areas. Mitotic activity was high, as well as cellular proliferative index, evaluated by Mib-1 (ki 67) antibody. At immunohistochemistry, the tumor cells were diffusely positive for high molecular weight cytokeratins and c-erbB-2, negative for vimentin, estrogen and progesterone. CD68 and LCA were positive only in the inflammatory cells. Electron microscopy confirmed the epithelial nature of the neoplastic cells. A diagnosis of SCC of the breast was made, and a radical mastectomy was performed. CONCLUSIONS: We make a brief review of the literature and discuss the main histologic criteria for the differential diagnosis with adenocarcinoma of the breast with squamous metaplasia
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