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Adenocystic Carcinoma of the Breast

Arch Surg. 1966;92(3):424-427. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1966.01320210104023.
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OCCASIONALLY one encounters an extremely rare lesion such as adenocystic carcinoma of the breast. It is the purpose of this paper to review the pertinent medical literature and to present the current opinions concerning the treatment of this disease.

Nomenclature  Several pseudonyms have been used to describe this interesting lesion. The oldest term, designated by Billroth1 in 1859, was cylindroma. Stein and Geschickter2 called this tumor adenocystic basal-cell carcinoma. Bauer and Fox3 are credited with the descriptive name of adenomyoepithelioma. Foote and Frazell4 preferred the term adenocystic carcinoma, and Smout and French5 suggested pseudoadenomatous basal cell carcinoma.Based on the judgment of Mitchell Heineman, MD,6 I have elected to title this paper "Adenocystic Carcinoma of the Breast."

Review of Literature  The literature is replete with exhaustive studies and reports concerning adenocystic carcinoma in areas other than breast origin.3-5,7-10 References to this condition existing


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