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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 245-248

Occult medullary breast carcinoma in a male


Department of General Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Gabriel Rodrigues
Department of General Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/fjs.fjs_48_18

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Occult breast cancer (OBC) or breast cancer presenting without an evident primary tumor is a rare presentation and can lead to a diagnostic dilemma. Further, the treatment of OBC is a subject of much controversy. We present a 47-year-old male who had been admitted with a fungating lesion in his axilla. As clinical examination was unremarkable, a punch biopsy from the lesion revealed a medullary carcinoma of breast. The purpose of this report is to highlight this unusual presentation of carcinoma breast and the treatment dilemma that it poses, especially in men, where breast cancer is seldom considered a diagnostic possibility in the setting of occult primary cancer. This is the first-ever case report of medullary carcinoma presenting as OBC in a male.


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