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Fibroadenoma in axillary ectopic breast
  1. Sui Wu Tee1,
  2. Yi Han Tan2,
  3. Dhinisya Jeyabalan2 and
  4. Devanraj Selvam2
  1. 1Division of Clinical and Surgical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Department of General Surgery, Serdang Hospital, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sui Wu Tee; teesuiwu{at}


Axillary lumps are common clinical presentations in surgery, which have various differential diagnoses. We encountered an unusual case of an isolated axillary mass. The patient was a young woman in her 20s with a 2 year history of right axillary swelling. Clinically, the lump measured 3 cm ×3 cm, mobile, non-tender, and there was no associated breast lump or skin changes. Our initial impression was an isolated lymphadenopathy, and further workup for tuberculosis lymphadenopathy returned negative. Ultrasound demonstrated a well circumscribed oval lesion, and fine needle aspiration could only identify a benign proliferative breast tissue. As it was increasing in size and causing discomfort, we decided for an excision biopsy for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. Intraoperatively, the lump was noted to have well defined, smooth surface along with whitish-grey appearance. The tissue surrounding it was also removed and sent for histopathological assessment. Results confirmed our diagnosis of fibroadenoma in an ectopic breast tissue.

  • breast surgery
  • general surgery

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  • Contributors SWT initiated, directed, researched the discussion for the manuscript. YHT and DJ assisted and supported in the research. DS supervised the project. All the authors above contributed to the final manuscript. AS (pathologist, Serdang hospital) provided the microscopic slides for the histopathology of specimen.

  • 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.

  • 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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