Breast malignant, males, children
Reviewer: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 4 November 2012, last major update August 2012
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● Very rare primary breast carcinoma resembling skin adnexal tumor with sebaceous differentiation, but no evidence of cutaneous derivation (see J Med Case Rep 2008;2:276 for cutaneous tumor of breast)
● Associated with Muir-Torre syndrome (Cancer 2005;103:1018)
● 45 year old woman with extensive metastatic disease (Pathol Int 2000;50:63)
● 46 year old woman with Muir-Torre syndrome (AJR Am J Roentgenol 2000;174:541)
● 50 year old woman (Pathol Int 2009;59:188)
● 63 year old woman (Virchows Arch 2006;449:484)
● 83 year old woman with tumor of nipple (J Cutan Pathol 2008;35:608)
● Well-defined solid sheets or lobules of atypical epithelial cells, including large, pale or clear cells with coarsely vacuolated cytoplasm, containing Oil red O staining lipid and often scalloped nuclei
● Often focal squamous morules
Malignant cells with sebaceous gland differentiation.
Focal calcification and necrosis
● Cytokeratin, including 35betaH11 (Pathol Res Pract 1993;189:888), EMA
● ER, PR, Oil Red O
● Mismatch repair genes: MLH1, PMS2, MSH2, MSH6 (Ceska Gynekol 2010;75:50)
● Some cells may express neuroendocrine markers
● GCDFP-15, CEA, S100 and vimentin
● Alpha smooth muscle actin, p63, androgen receptor (usually), mucins, HER2 and CK15
Electron microscopy description
● Empty appearing, non-membrane bound vacuoles
● Apocrine carcinoma: >90% of tumor cells have cytologic or immunohistochemical features of apocrine cells
● Lipid rich carcinoma: usually not coarsely vacuolated, often squamous morules, usually HER2+, ER-, PR-
End of Breast malignant, males, children > Carcinoma subtypes > Sebaceous carcinoma
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