LYMPH NODES - SECONDARIES FROM AN ADENOCARCINOMA
The patient was a woman of 74 years who had undergone radical mastectomy for a so-called scirrhous carcinoma of the breast.
The specimen consists of a bisected axillary lymph node in which the normal tissue is completely replaced by firm, whitish metastatic tumour tissue containing some small necrotic areas. Histologically this tumour tissue showed the features of a ductal carcinoma with some glandular differentiation in a densely fibrotic stroma ("scirrhous" carcinoma).
"Scirrhous" is a descriptive form which refers to the hardness of the lesion.