Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-57

Fine needle aspiration cytology of bilateral Non -­ Hodgkin's lymphoma of the breast with leukemic phase in a pre-pubertal girl

1 Department of Basic and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany, 106 New Scotland Ave NY 12208-3492
2 G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, Post Box No.6327, Pappanaickenpalayam, Coimbatore-641 037, India
3 208, Luick Lane S, Belmond, IA- 50421

Correspondence Address:
I Balachandran
Department of Basic and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy, 106 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208-3492

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.42093

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) of the breast is very rare and is mostly seen in young puerperal women bilaterally or unilaterally and in older women with distinctly different clinicopathologic presentation. Bilateral NHL is rarely seen in very young non-puerperal patients and such an entity with bone marrow involvement along with a leukaemic phase in young patients has not been reported in literature. We report this case of a 13 year old girl who presented with bilateral breast lumps and malaise with blasts in peripheral blood smear. Fine needle aspiration cytology of breast helped in the diagnosis of NHL with leukaemic phase thereby preventing further unnecessary work-up. Examination of the bone marrow was adopted to stage the patient and initiate prompt treatment without delay.

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