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mammary invasive micropapillary carcinoma

Thursday 5 July 2012

invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast

Invasive micropapillary carcinomas (IMPC) of the breast are aggressive tumors frequently associated with lymphatic invasion and nodal metastasis even when micropapillary (MP) differentiation is very focal within the tumors.

Some have noticed that some breast carcinomas showing lymphatic spread but lacking histologic features of IMPC have occasional tumor cell clusters reminiscent of those of IMPC without the characteristic prominent retraction artifact. (20975342)

The presence of both PRCP and MP features are strongly associated with decreased cytoplasmic EMA immunoreactivity and the presence of lymphatic invasion and nodal metastasis, even if such features were present only very focally. (20975342)

Breast carcinomas with PRCP may have the same implication as MP differentiation and these tumors may represent part of a spectrum of IMPC. Complete or partial reversal of cell polarity may play a significant role in lymphatic tumor spread. (20975342)

Reference

- Invasive ductal carcinomas of the breast showing partial reversed cell polarity are associated with lymphatic tumor spread and may represent part of a spectrum of invasive micropapillary carcinoma. Acs G, Esposito NN, Rakosy Z, Laronga C, Zhang PJ. Am J Surg Pathol. 2010 Nov;34(11):1637-46. PMID: 20975342