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Rare case of primary small-cell neuroendocrine breast carcinoma
  1. Lina Pankratjevaite1,
  2. Mette Holmqvist1,
  3. Amuras Samulionis2 and
  4. Ute Hoyer1
  1. 1Department of Plastic and Breast Surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, North Denmark Region, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lina Pankratjevaite; linapankratjevaite{at}


Small-cell breast cancer is a very rare and aggressive type of neuroendocrine carcinoma. Histologically, it is indistinguishable from small-cell neuroendocrine lung cancer. Due to that, patients with small-cell neuroendocrine breast cancer should undergo examination of other areas of the body. Small-cell breast cancer may be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. However, no standard treatment exists due to the small number of cases. We present a case of a 49-year-old woman with right breast primary small-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma.

  • breast surgery
  • surgical oncology
  • breast cancer

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  • Contributors LP: conception and design, data collection and writing the paper. MH and AS: writing the paper. UH: critically revision of the article. All authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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