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Carcinoma of the breast with choriocarcinomatous features.
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PMID:  21877993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Choriocarcinomatous differentiation has been described in tumors arising from many organs including lung, rectum, colon, stomach, bladder, and rarely breast. Mammary carcinoma with choriocarcinomatous features is a rare variant of breast metaplastic carcinoma characterized by malignant cells morphologically resembling choriocarcinoma cells in which reactivity with human placental lactogen and human chorionic gonadotropin can be demonstrated by immunohistochemistry. The characteristic syncytiotrophoblast-like giant cells seen in these neoplasms are more commonly associated with moderately to poorly differentiated carcinomas with or without a clear-cut mesenchymal component. Most of the reported cases have behaved very aggressively. The reason for this poor prognosis remains unclear. Because of the small number of cases, special treatment protocols have not been developed and these patients are treated surgically and with the standard chemotherapeutic agents available for other types of carcinoma of the breast. Pathologically, these tumors must be distinguished from metastatic choriocarcinoma to the breast.
Amir Mohammadi; Marilin Rosa
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  135     ISSN:  1543-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-08-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1097-100     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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