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CASE REPORT
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Benign ductal epithelial cells in FNAC smears of infiltrating ductal carcinoma — A diagnostic pitfall


1 Junior Resident, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 605 006, India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 605 006, India
3 Professor, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 605 006, India

Correspondence Address:
S K Verma
Professor, Department of Pathology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER). Pondicherry - 605 006
India
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Fine needle aspiration cytology is a highly reliable technique for the diagnosis of breast cancer. The cytological features of infiltrating ductal carcinoma are characteristic. We describe a unique case of carcinoma breast in a fifty-six year old female patient who presented with a breast lump. In addition to the classical cytological features of infiltrating ductal carcinoma, there were many benign ductal epithelial cells scattered throughout the smears. We conclude that the presence of benign ductal epithelial cells in the presence of features of frank malignancy need not deter the cytological diagnosis of infiltrating ductal carcinoma.


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