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Granular Cell Tumor in the Breast Mimicking Breast Carcinoma

Authors:

Dr J. Huyskens ,

M.D., Department of Radiology, Algemeen Stedelijk Ziekenhuis Aalst, Aalst, Belgium, BE
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C. Geniets

Department of Radiology, Algemeen Stedelijk Ziekenhuis Aalst, Aalst, Belgium
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Abstract

Granular cell tumor is also known as a granular cell myoblastoma, Abrikossoff’s tumor, granular cell nerve sheath tumor or granular cell scwhannoma. It is a rare soft-tissue mass that can develop in any soft tissue. Most commonly it appears in the tongue (40%), the oral cavity or in the subcutaneous tissue. In rare occasions it is reported as a breast mass, mimicking a carcinoma. Not only clinically, but also on mammography, ultrasonography and macroscopically. Diagnosis can only be made on histology, emphasizing once again the importance of a thorough pre-operative multi-disciplinary assessment. We describe a case in which a woman presents herself with a palpable nodule in the breast in which clinical investigation, mammography and especially sonography indicated the presence of a malignancy. Only after we conducted a core biopsy for pre-operative histological investigation, we could make the diagnosis of a granular cell tumor, preventing an unnecessary mastectomy. The patient refused however local excision and was followed up with mammography and sonography.
How to Cite: Huyskens, D.J. & Geniets, C., (2014). Granular Cell Tumor in the Breast Mimicking Breast Carcinoma. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 97(5), pp.289–290. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.1331
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Published on 01 Sep 2014.
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