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Crystallising galactocele of the breast: a rare cytological diagnosis
  1. Bharti Varshney1,
  2. Jyotsna Naresh Bharti1,
  3. Souvik Saha1 and
  4. Naveen Sharma2
  1. 1Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  2. 2General Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jyotsna Naresh Bharti; jyotsnamamc{at}


Galactocele of the breast is a benign condition characterised by milk containing cystic lesions, usually present during pregnancy and lactation. The diagnosis of galactocele is difficult due to physiological changes which occur during pregnancy and lactation. Fine needle aspiration cytology proves to be a simple and minimally invasive procedure in diagnosing and treating this condition. Very rarely, long-standing galactoceles can show crystal formation on aspirate smears, termed as crystallising galactocele. Herein, we present this rare case of crystallising galactocele in a 26-year-old lactating woman. We are reporting this case because of its rarity, as less than 10 cases have been reported so far.

  • pathology
  • interventional radiology
  • breast surgery

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  • Contributors BV, JNB, SS and NS were involved in the diagnosis of the disease and writing the initial draft of the manuscript. All authors contributed to refine the study and approved the final 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.

  • Disclaimer Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

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