Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71-73

The cytology of micropapillary variant of colloid carcinoma of breast: A report of two cases

Department of Pathology, Medical College (VIMS), Bellary - 583 104, Karnataka, India

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Jayashree Krishnamurthy
Department of Pathology, Medical College (VIMS), Bellary - 583 104, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.70751

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Colloid carcinoma (pure mucinous carcinoma) is an uncommon variant of breast carcinoma with distinctive cytological and histological features. These tumors are characterised by islands of tumor cells floating in a sea of abundant extracellular mucin. We present the cytology of two cases of colloid carcinoma occurring in 80-year-old and 45-year-old females. The fine-needle aspiration cytology helps to subcategorize the tumor type, thereby enhancing the knowledge about the distinctive cytological features of special and uncommon variants of breast carcinoma, their course and prognosis. A distinctive micropapillary variant of pure mucinous carcinoma which is rarely described, is represented in one of the cases. Also we report, here, colloid carcinoma in a female of reproductive age, a relatively uncommon occurrence.

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