Resolution of hypoalbuminemia after excision of malignant phyllodes tumor

Clin Breast Cancer. 2006 Dec;7(5):411-2. doi: 10.3816/CBC.2006.n.059.


A 42-year-old woman presented with a rapidly growing tumor of the breast accompanied by anemia (7.4 g/dL), hypoalbuminemia (1.6 g/dL), and increased alkaline phosphatase (256 U/L). Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast demonstrated a heterogeneous mass composed of verrucous solid components with hemorrhagic areas. There was no evidence of cachexia, and the metastatic workup was negative. Final pathology revealed a 22-cm malignant phyllodes tumor. Hypoalbuminemia and alkaline phosphatase quickly resolved after surgical excision without any further treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alkaline Phosphatase / blood
  • Biopsy, Fine-Needle
  • Breast Neoplasms / complications
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoalbuminemia / etiology*
  • Phyllodes Tumor / complications
  • Phyllodes Tumor / diagnosis
  • Phyllodes Tumor / surgery*


  • Alkaline Phosphatase