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Fungating breast tumor

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


55 year-old female presented following bleeding from the breast.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

Huge left breast mass - ulcerated/fungating and invading the pectoralis muscles.

Large collateral vessel supplying the tumor coming off the left internal mammary artery.

Several enlarged left axillary lymph nodes.

Surface image of the breast - see the dilated vessels on the anterior chest wall and how big the tumor is relative to the breast.

Case Discussion

This is rather extreme presentation of breast carcinoma.

Fear often delays presentation to hospital as in this case.  

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