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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 539-542

Varied presentations of ectopic breast - polymastia, fibroadenoma, and carcinoma arising from ectopic breast tissue

1 Department of Pathology, R. N. Cooper Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiology, Cumballa Hill Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Richa Dilamber Patel
Department of Pathology, R. N. Cooper Hospital, Mumbai - 400 056, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.159786

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Ectopic breast is a congenital anomaly of the breast which can have varied presentations because of its different sites and pathologies arising from it. Lesions of ectopic breast tissue (EBT) are commonly seen due to persistence of embryonic remnants along the milk line. They have also been reported from other sites like face, vulva, and perineum. They are prone to the same physiological and pathological alterations seen in the normal breast. Only 0.3% of breast carcinomas arise in the ectopic breast, whereas only a few cases of fibroadenoma have been reported at this site. We present a case of polymastia in a 21-year-old female in the inframammary region. We report two cases of fibroadenoma and carcinoma arising from EBT in the axilla of a 26 and 45-year females. Fibroadenoma was treated by simple excision while for carcinoma modified radical mastectomy was done followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Patient developed metastasis in the sternum. Carcinoma arising from EBT has a poorer prognosis and needs early diagnosis and treatment.

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