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Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a rare type of breast cancer that often presents as a painless solitary mass with a heterogeneous texture, a circumscribed or microlobulated margin, posterior enhancement, and minimal vascularity without calcification or suspicious lymph nodes on clinical and imaging examinations. Sometimes ACC can mimic a benign tumor, such as a fibroadenoma or a phyllodes tumor. Even if ACC resembles a benign tumor, prognosis can be poor.






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Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast: a study of five cases

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the breast is a rare type of breast cancer. Most patients present with a bilateral palpable mass. Ultrasound and mammography are non-specific and can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis because of their variable imaging features. Pathological examination is the standard reference. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for patients. Although adenoid cystic carcinoma has an excellent prognosis, metastatic cases have been reported. This report aims to discuss the clinical and imaging features of one case of adenoid cystic carcinoma with a poor prognosis and four cases with a good prognosis at our center.






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