We report the case of a 63-year-old woman with occult breast cancer who presented with a hard metastatic nodule in the left axilla. Although histology identified a metastatic carcinoma in the lymph nodes, numerous tests failed to detect the primary tumor. Resected lymph node was positive for both estrogen and progesterone receptors, suggesting the breast as the site of the primary tumor. Left modified radical mastectomy was performed. Pathology revealed an invasive lobular carcinoma (2.5 x 2 mm in size) with extensive lymphatic involvement, which strongly expressed both vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) and VEGF-D.

Axillary metastases from occult breast cancer. Our experience / Sanguinetti, A; Polistena, A; D'Ermo, Giuseppe; Lucchini, R; Triola, R; Conti, C; Avenia, S; Cavallaro, Giuseppe; DE TOMA, Giorgio; Avenia, N.. - In: ANNALI ITALIANI DI CHIRURGIA. - ISSN 0003-469X. - ELETTRONICO. - 85(2014).

Axillary metastases from occult breast cancer. Our experience.

Polistena A;D'ERMO, Giuseppe;CAVALLARO, Giuseppe;DE TOMA, Giorgio;
2014

Abstract

We report the case of a 63-year-old woman with occult breast cancer who presented with a hard metastatic nodule in the left axilla. Although histology identified a metastatic carcinoma in the lymph nodes, numerous tests failed to detect the primary tumor. Resected lymph node was positive for both estrogen and progesterone receptors, suggesting the breast as the site of the primary tumor. Left modified radical mastectomy was performed. Pathology revealed an invasive lobular carcinoma (2.5 x 2 mm in size) with extensive lymphatic involvement, which strongly expressed both vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) and VEGF-D.
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