Papillary carcinoma of the breast. Cytologic study of nine cases.Acta Cytol. 1999 Sep-Oct; 43(5):767-70.AC
To study the cytologic findings of papillary breast carcinoma by fine needle aspiration.
The study group consisted of fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens of breast tumors from nine patients performed during the period 1988-1997. Eight were female, and one was male. The FNA results were compared with the final histologic diagnosis.
The tumor sizes were 4-6.5 cm. The aspirations yielded a good amount of bloody material. The smears revealed high cellularity, papillary clusters, isolated low-to-tall columnar cells, mild to moderate atypia, hemorrhagic background, foam and hemosiderin-laden macrophages, calcification, rare mitoses, palisading row of cells and bipolar cytoplasmic eosinophilic granules. The smears were diagnosed as either suspicious or suggestive of papillary carcinoma. The histologic examination revealed invasive papillary carcinoma.
Papillary carcinoma of the breast can be diagnosed by using a panel of cytologic findings that includes hypercellularity, papillary clusters, hemorrhagic background, palisading rows of tall columnar cells, cellular atypia and calcification. The interesting finding in this study was the presence of eosinophilic bipolar cytoplasmic granules, which has not been reported before.