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Chirurgia 2005 October;18(5):377-8

Copyright © 2005 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

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Bilateral axillary accessory breasts. A case report

Kalliakmanis V., Pikoulis E., Tsigris C., Papaconstantinou I., Bramis J., Gougoudi E., Leppaniemi A.


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The presence of axillary breast tissue can rarely be an autonomous ectopic mammary gland of the axilla. We report a case of a woman 39-years-old with two masses of soft composition, without nipples or areolae, at the axillae. The patient complained of swellings in her axillae which had been present since she was 18 years old. The axillary masses had engorged and become painful during pregnancies and also during menstrual cycles. On ultrasonography examination of these masses, their soft composition and their diffuse texture was confirmed. The axillary masses were removed at operation and the histological examination showed that they contained lobules of mammary glandular tissue between mature fibroadipose tissue.

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