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Open Access Case report

Invasive lobular carcinoma arising in accessory breast tissue

Catriona Devine1, Carol-Ann Courtney1, Rahul Deb2 and Amit Agrawal134*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Breast Surgery, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, DE22 3NE, Derby, UK

2 Department of Pathology, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, DE22 3NE, Derby, UK

3 Nottingham Breast Institute, Hucknall Road, NG5 1PB, Nottingham, UK

4 Department of Breast Surgery, Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) School, Royal Derby Hospital, University of Nottingham, DE22 3DT, Derby, UK

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2013, 11:47  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-11-47

Published: 26 February 2013

Abstract

Background

Lobular carcinoma in accessory breast tissue is a rare occurrence. We present such a case in a 61-year-old woman.

Case presentation

A skin nodule in the axillary skin on excision biopsy revealed invasive lobular carcinoma.

Conclusions

Carcinoma in accessory breast tissue is uncommon especially invasive lobular type. A high index of suspicion may avoid late diagnosis.