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Schwannoma: an unexpected diagnosis from a breast lump

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Schwannomas or neurilemmomas are benign neoplasms of the Schwann cells in neural sheaths. They may arise in any nerve in the body and occur frequently in the head and neck region or extremities. While breast lumps and schwannomas are very common, mammary schwannomas are exceedingly scarce with <30 cases reported in the literature. We describe a case of a breast schwannoma in a 37-year-old female and review the literature surrounding this rare occurrence.

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RJU085F2: Sonographic views of an ovoid well-marginated nodule containing some cystic clefts. This lesion was initially thought to represent a phyllodes tumour.

Mentions: A 37-year-old Chinese female presented with a lump in the left breast that was slowly growing over a duration of 8 years. Aside from a history of amenoblastoma of the jaw which was excised 3 years ago, she has no significant medical history. On physical examination a firm 1-cm nodule was palpable at the 3 o'clock position of the left breast. Mammography showed a well-circumscribed opacity in the left breast (Fig. 1) and ultrasound revealed an ovoid 1.5 × 1.5 × 0.9 cm heterogeneous solid hypoechoic nodule with well-defined, regular margins (Fig. 2). The lesion contained some anechoic areas suggestive of cystic clefts which are consistent with sonographic features of a phyllodes tumour [1, 2].Figure 1:


Schwannoma: an unexpected diagnosis from a breast lump
Sonographic views of an ovoid well-marginated nodule containing some cystic clefts. This lesion was initially thought to represent a phyllodes tumour.
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RJU085F2: Sonographic views of an ovoid well-marginated nodule containing some cystic clefts. This lesion was initially thought to represent a phyllodes tumour.
Mentions: A 37-year-old Chinese female presented with a lump in the left breast that was slowly growing over a duration of 8 years. Aside from a history of amenoblastoma of the jaw which was excised 3 years ago, she has no significant medical history. On physical examination a firm 1-cm nodule was palpable at the 3 o'clock position of the left breast. Mammography showed a well-circumscribed opacity in the left breast (Fig. 1) and ultrasound revealed an ovoid 1.5 × 1.5 × 0.9 cm heterogeneous solid hypoechoic nodule with well-defined, regular margins (Fig. 2). The lesion contained some anechoic areas suggestive of cystic clefts which are consistent with sonographic features of a phyllodes tumour [1, 2].Figure 1:

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ABSTRACT

Schwannomas or neurilemmomas are benign neoplasms of the Schwann cells in neural sheaths. They may arise in any nerve in the body and occur frequently in the head and neck region or extremities. While breast lumps and schwannomas are very common, mammary schwannomas are exceedingly scarce with <30 cases reported in the literature. We describe a case of a breast schwannoma in a 37-year-old female and review the literature surrounding this rare occurrence.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus