Metaplastic Breast Cancer in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis

Umar Shafique Chaudhry, Limin Yang, Ryan W. Askeland, Laurie L. Fajardo

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Metaplastic breast cancer is a rare malignancy in the breast. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 is an autosomal dominant multisystem disorder associated with multiple neoplasms such as optic gliomas and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. The association of breast cancer with neurofibromatosis is very rare. We present a case of a metaplastic breast cancer in a patient with Type 1 neurofibromatosis. The patient presented with a palpable mass in her left breast with suspicious findings on mammogram and ultrasound. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous biopsy showed metaplastic breast carcinoma with metastasis to an axillary lymph node. This is the third case report in the English literature to show metaplastic breast carcinoma in a patient with Type 1 neurofibromatosis. In this report we review recent literature and discuss the association between these two entities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA8
JournalJournal of Clinical Imaging Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast imaging
  • metaplastic breast carcinoma
  • neurofibromatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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