Iberoamerican Journal of Medicine
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Case Report

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma of breast masquerading suppurative mastitis on cytology

Linfoma anaplásico de células grandes de mama enmascarando mastitis supurativa en citología

Sailuja Maharjan, Bandana Satyal, Reena Baidya, Prakash Neupane

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Breast is an uncommon site of extra nodal lymphoma accounting for 2.2% of all extra nodal lymphomas. B cell lymphomas are more common than T cell types. The most common subtype is Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. Breast lymphoma is very challenging to diagnose as it has nonspecific clinical and radiological features. We report a rare case of primary T cell lymphoma in a 20-year-old female. It was misdiagnosed as abscess on ultrasound and as suppurative mastitis on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). However, excisional biopsy was suggestive of lymphoma and immunohistochemistry confirmed it as ALK positive, anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Even though FNAC is a part of the diagnostic triad for breast lesions, potential pitfalls cannot be overlooked and must be correlated with biopsy.


ALCL; Breast; Extranodal; Non-Hodgkin lymphoma; T cell lymphoma


La mama es un sitio poco frecuente de linfoma extraganglionar que representa el 2,2 % de todos los linfomas extraganglionares. Los linfomas de células B son más comunes que los tipos de células T. El subtipo más común es el linfoma difuso de células B grandes. El linfoma de mama es muy difícil de diagnosticar, ya que tiene características clínicas y radiológicas inespecíficas. Presentamos un caso raro de linfoma primario de células T en una mujer de 20 años. Fue mal diagnosticado como absceso en ultrasonido y como mastitis supurativa en citología por aspiración con aguja fina (FNAC). Sin embargo, la biopsia por escisión sugirió linfoma y la inmunohistoquímica lo confirmó como linfoma anaplásico de células grandes ALK positivo. Aunque la FNAC es parte de la tríada diagnóstica de las lesiones mamarias, no se pueden pasar por alto los peligros potenciales y se deben correlacionar con la biopsia.

Palabras clave

ALCL; Seno; Extraganglionar; Linfoma no-Hodgkin; Linfoma de células T


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