Granular cell tumors of the breast: A report of two cases

Hideya Ohnishi, Kazuyoshi Nishihara, Keiyoshi Tamae, Shoshu Mitsuyama, Ryuji Abe, Satoshi Toyoshima, Eiji Abe

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Granular cell tumors (GCT) are rare neoplasms, and only 173 cases of benign GCT of the breast have been documented. We report herein the cases of two patients with this tumor and discuss the methods of diagnosis and treatment. The first patient was a 60-year-old woman who presented with a firm ill-defined mass in her left breast. Mammography showed a dense shadow with spicula and skin thickness, and ultrasonography revealed a hypoechoic mass with an irregular border. Radical mastectomy was performed tinder the wrong preoperative diagnosis of breast cancer. The second patient was a 31- year-old woman who presented with an elastic-hard mass in her left breast. Mammography showed a well-demarcated dense mass, and ultrasonography revealed a well-defined hypoechoic mass with a large depth-width ratio. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) showed a large number of histiocytic cells with abundant granular cytoplasm. An excisional biopsy was performed, and histological examination confirmed a diagnosis of GCT. GCT is benign, but often misdiagnosed as breast cancer both clinically and radiologically. Therefore, histological examination is essential for making a correct diagnosis, while FNAC is also useful. Local resection is still the treatment of choice, and surgeons should do their utmost to avoid performing needless radical mastectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery today
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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