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14 December 2017 : Case report  USA

Dermatopathic Lymphadenitis Mimicking Breast Cancer with Lymphatic Metastasis: A Case Report and Discussion

Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Rare coexistence of disease or pathology

Yamama Alkourbah1ABCEF*, Alireza Torabi2BCD, Tony Ghaith1ABCDEF, Zeina Nahleh1ABCDEF

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.905220

Am J Case Rep 2017; 18:1330-1333

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Dermatopathic lymphadenitis is a rare benign lymphatic hyperplasia commonly associated with exfoliative or eczematoid dermatitis. Of interest, this condition can be confused with lymphatic metastasis in adults.

CASE REPORT: In this report, we describe the case of a 56-year-old woman diagnosed with left breast invasive ductal carcinoma in remission, who presented with dermatopathic lymphadenitis mimicking breast cancer recurrence.

CONCLUSIONS: Dermatopathic lymphadenitis is a benign entity that needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis of lymphadenopathy. Pursuing extensive workup in asymptomatic patients with a similar presentation and initial negative tests for malignancy recurrence is not recommended.

Keywords: Lymphadenitis, Recurrence, Triple Negative Breast Neoplasms

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