Infiltrating ductal carcinoma of breast

Case contributed by Dr Shailaja Muniraju


Lump over right breast. Brown tinged discharge per nipple. No pain. No family history of carcinoma

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

There is a solid, spiculated mass lesion noted in the right breast lower outer quadrant. Similar such lesion noted in the adjacent plane. 

Breast parenchyma composition is of 25-50% glandular component (ACR-2).

ACR BIRADS assessment category 5: highly suggestive of malignancy.


The mammographic lesions show contour irregularity with internal vascularity.

The above seen ill defined lesions shows interconnecting spiculations.

Type III enhancement curve seen -  early intense enhancement, followed by reduced intensity after the peak - suggestive for malignancy.

Also noted is focal parenchymal architectural distortion with focal skin puckering.

No suspicious or evident chest wall lesions or axillary nodes.

Left breast shows normal imaging features.

Special thanks: Dr. Nanda Kumar

Patient was taken for fine needle aspiration cytology procedure.

It revealed :  Cellular aspirate composed of neoplastic cells with high N:C ratio, nuclear pleomorphism and prominent nucleoli. These cells are arranged singly and in clusters.

Features suggest infiltrating duct carcinoma.


Case Discussion

This case demonstrates right breast infiltrating ductal carcinoma.

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Case information

rID: 49202
Case created: 15th Nov 2016
Last edited: 2nd Oct 2017
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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