A pure primary squamous cell breast carcinoma presenting as a breast abscess: case report and review of literature

Ann Ital Chir. Mar-Apr 2004;75(2):259-62; discussion 262-3.


We report the fourth worldwide case of pure primary squamous cell carcinoma of the breast presenting as an abscess. An inflammatory breast lesion in postmenopausal woman must be suspected as a malignant one and drainage of the abscess has to be followed by an accurate excision. The finding of a pure squamous cell carcinoma bears the necessity of an accurate diagnostic work up, to exclude a skin lesion or a metastasis from other district. Also histological criteria are discussed. More difficult to outline therapeutic options, due to the rarity of disease and great difference in outcome observed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / etiology
  • Abscess / pathology
  • Aged
  • Breast Diseases / etiology*
  • Breast Diseases / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / complications*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / complications*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Epidermal Cyst / etiology*
  • Epidermal Cyst / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans