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Museum of Pathology

CARCINOMA OF BREAST

CARCINOMA OF BREAST

Clinical History

A 76 year old female presented to Casualty with sudden loss of consciousness and signs of a left sided cerebrovascular accident. On examination she was noted to have a fixed mass in her left breast. She died soon after admission.

Pathology

The specimen is a portion of breast mounted to display the cut surface. Immediately beneath the skin and attached to it is a large oval tumour mass 11_cm in maximum diameter which is adherent to the underlying muscle. The tumour is not encapsulated and has a variegated cut surface with areas of necrosis, haemorrhage and cyst formation. This is a carcinoma of the breast - which involved the regional lymph nodes.