PATHOLOGY & ONCOLOGY RESEARCHVol. 7 No. 4, 2001

 Article

Limitations of Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology to Diagnose Metaplastic Carcinoma of the Breast

Alfredo RIBEIRO-SILVA, Felipe LUZZATTO, Daniel CHANG, Sérgio ZUCOLOTO

Department of Pathology of Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo (FMRP/USP), Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Metaplastic carcinoma is a very rare breast neoplasm that is often confused with benign and others malignant entities on both clinical and conventional histopathologic basis. Three cases of metaplastic carcinoma of breast are presented. The difficulties found on fine needle aspiration cytology and the limitations of this procedure are discussed as well the main features of this tumor. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 7, Nr 4, 298-300, 2001

Key words: metaplastic carcinoma; breast; fine-needle aspiration


Received: Sep 4, 2001; accepted: Nov 19, 2001
Correspondence: Alfredo RIBEIRO-SILVA, Department of Pathology of Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo (FMRP/USP), Av. Bandeirantes, s/n – Campus Universitário Monte Alegre. Sao Paulo 14048-900, Brazil; Tel: 55 16 6023240, Fax: 55 16 6330095; E-mail: ardsilva@rpa.fmrp.usp.br

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