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Chordoma metastatic to the breast diagnosed by fine needle aspiration. A case report



Chordoma metastatic to the breast diagnosed by fine needle aspiration. A case report



Acta Cytologica 41(3): 910-912



Background: Metastatic breast tumors are rare but need differentiation from primary malignant and even benign tumors of the breast to ensure appropriate treatment. Case: A 51-year-old female with chordoma developed a lump in the breast 3.5 years after the primary diagnosis. Fine needle aspiration of the lump showed classic physalifeous cells with a bubbly appearance and anaplastic cells in a magenta, fibrillary background. Conclusion: The presence of classic physaliferous cells on fine needle aspiration is diagnostic of chordoma, even in metastatic lesions.

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