Fine-needle cytology of Kaposi's sarcoma in an intramammary lymphnode: Report of one case

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  • Franco Fulciniti M.D., Ph.D.,

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    1. S.S.D. di Citopatologia, A.F. di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
    • M.D., Ph.D., S.S.D. di Citopatologia, A.F. di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Via M. Semmola, I-80131 Naples, Italy
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  • Annarosaria De Chiara M.D.,

    1. S.S.D. di Citopatologia, A.F. di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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  • Gaetano Apice M.D.,

    1. S.S.D. di Oncologia muscolo-scheletrica, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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  • Antonella Petrillo M.D.,

    1. Dipartimento di Chirurgia dei Melanomi e del Sistema Muscolo-scheletrico, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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  • Gerardo Botti M.D.,

    1. S.S.D. di Citopatologia, A.F. di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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  • Florinda Feroce M.D.,

    1. S.S.D. di Citopatologia, A.F. di Anatomia Patologica e Citopatologia, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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  • Nicola Mozzillo M.D.

    1. Magnetic Resonance Unit, Department of Radiology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale,” Naples, Italy
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Abstract

Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most common human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection disease-associated malignancy. It consists of an angiosarcomatous change of the epithelial and mucous membrane-associated connective tissue not only in various sites, for example, skin, gastrointestinal system, lungs, and so on, but may also involve nonepithelial organs, such as lymphnodes. An unusual localization of KS to an intramammary lymphnode is reported here.

The patient, an HIV-negative 69-year-old woman with a clinical history of rheumatoid arthritis treated with hydrocortisone, had an 8-month pathological history of biopsy-proven Kaposi sarcoma of the skin with visceral extension (stomach and duodenum). The appearance of a well-defined 23 × 20 mm2 breast nodule during chemotherapy elicited fine-needle cytology to exclude breast carcinoma. Surgical excision confirmed the cytopathological diagnosis of Kaposis's sarcoma. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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