Mixed mucinous carcinoma of breast – A case report

Case Report

Author Details : Mohini Gupta*, Mary Lilly S, A Josephine, Vinutha Gali

Volume : 8, Issue : 4, Year : 2021

Article Page : 518-521


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In females breast carcinoma is the most common cancer worldwide. Globally, 2.3 million women were diagnosed and 685 000 deaths due to breast cancer were reported in year 2020. Even in the era of immunohistochemistry (IHC) and molecular studies, the aggressive nature of the breast cancer can be determined by its histological type, grade, nodal status, and metastasis. Mucinous carcinoma (MC) is a rare variant of invasive breast cancer accounting for 1-7%. It is represented by the presence of large extracellular mucin pools. Based on the mucin content two main subtypes are identified: Pure Mucinous Carcinoma (PMC) and Mixed Mucinous Carcinoma (MMC). Pure Mucinous Carcinoma (PMC) is localized in most of the cases, whereas the mixed forms tend to metastasize to lymph nodes. Hence the mixed forms often require an axillary dissection during surgery. We are presenting a case of 70 year old female who presented with the complaints of lump in the right breast since 2 months and on ultrasound work up a score of BIRADS V was given. She underwent right modified mastectomy with right axillary dissection and was diagnosed as mixed type of mucinous adenocarcinoma breast by histopathological examination. It was confirmed by IHC which showed positivity for ER, PR & Synaptophysin and negativity for Her2neu. Prognostically MC is better compared to other variants of invasive ductal carcinoma as they respond to hormone therapy.

Keywords: Mucinous carcinoma, Mixed type, Breast carcinoma, Neuroendocrine differentiation, Capella type B.

How to cite : Gupta M, Mary Lilly S, Josephine A, Gali V, Mixed mucinous carcinoma of breast – A case report. Indian J Pathol Oncol 2021;8(4):518-521

Copyright © 2021 by author(s) and Indian J Pathol Oncol. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org)

Article History

Received : 17-08-2021

Accepted : 14-09-2021

Available online : 23-11-2021

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