Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast: a case with axillary lymph node metastasis

Histopathology. 1986 Apr;10(4):415-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.1986.tb02494.x.


A breast tumour with proven lymph node metastasis is conclusively characterized as an adenoid cystic carcinoma using immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy. The majority of tumour cells showed certain of the characteristic features of myoepithelial cells while the pseudocystic spaces contained large amounts of reduplicated basal lamina. A small proportion of tumour cells, however, showed epithelial differentiation with the formation of true lumina.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Axilla / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / immunology
  • Breast Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Breast Neoplasms / ultrastructure
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / immunology
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / secondary*
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Laminin / immunology
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Metastasis
  • Microscopy, Electron


  • Laminin