Sarcoidosis of the breast: A rare case report and a review

Fabio Fiorucci, V. Conti, G. Lucantoni, A. Patrizi, C. Fiorucci, G. Giannunzio, L. Di Michele

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Abstract

Sarcoidosis is an idiopathic systemic inflammatory granulomatous disorder comprised of epithelloid and multinucleated giant cells with little necrosis. It usually invades the lungs with fibrosis and may also involve lymph nodes, skin, liver, spleen, eyes, phalangeal bones, and parotid glands. Breast involvement is extremely rare, but, when present, it could be confused with a benign or, more important, a malignant neoplasm. We have reported a case of sarcoidosis of the breast in a 51 years old woman with systemic manifestations of sarcoidosis (arthraigias and uveitis) associated with a breast mass and with a clinical history of fibrocystic mastopathy. A chest X-ray and a Computed Tomography (CT), with raised serum levels of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE), were compatible with a diagnosis of sarcoidosis. The mammography and ultrasonogram showed a solitary little nodular lesion localized in the breast. A breast cancer in a patient with sarcoidosis? To answer this question, the patient performed breast surgery under general anaesthesia and bioptic microscopic examination showed a typical sarcoid granuloma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Breast
  • Noncaseating granuloma
  • Sarcoidosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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