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Bilateral breast metastases of a renal carcinoma: a case report and review of the literature

Ganapathi, S., Evans, G. and Hargest, Rachel 2008. Bilateral breast metastases of a renal carcinoma: a case report and review of the literature. BMJ Case Reports 2008 (Nov 12) , bcr0620080239. 10.1136/bcr.06.2008.0239

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Metastatic tumours account for <1% of all breast malignancies, most originating in the contralateral breast. An 88-year-old woman presented with bilateral breast lumps 4 years after radical nephrectomy for a T2N0M0 renal cancer. Mammography showed a circumscribed 15 mm mass just below and medial to the left nipple without any micro-calcification. Ultrasound scan showed the presence of a solid vascular mass in the left breast; a guided core biopsy confirmed it as a metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Left simple mastectomy and excision of right breast lump was done. Histology of both lesions confirmed them as metastatic deposits. Bilateral breast metastasis from a renal cancer is very rare and this is the second reported case. This case illustrates the potential for rare sites of metastases and for the consideration of metastasis in the presence of previous renal cancer. Recognition as metastatic neoplasm is important to prevent unnecessary radical procedures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
ISSN: 1757-790X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:06

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