Metastatic breast cancer mimicking a hilar cholangiocarcinoma: Case report and review of the literature

8Citations
Citations of this article
31Readers
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.

This article is free to access.

Abstract

Background/aims: Breast cancer is the most common tumor in women and the first cause of death for malignancy in the female population. Bile ducts are not among the common sites of metastasis from breast cancer; few cases of obstructive jaundice due to metastatic breast cancer have been described in the literature and they mostly resulted from widespread liver metastases that eventually involved the bile ducts. We report an exceptional case of metastatic infiltration of the extrahepatic bile ducts in absence of liver metastases. Case presentation: A 56-year-old woman who had undergone a right mastectomy 13 years earlier due to infiltrating ductal breast cancer and had remained tumor free, presented at a follow-up examination with obstructive jaundice. Conclusions: Indeterminate stenosis of the extrahepatic bile ducts should be examined with suspicion in women with a history of breast cancer, and bile duct metastases are to be considered among the possible diagnoses. A differential diagnosis from cholangiocarcinoma is of paramount importance and mainly relies on pathology.

Cite

CITATION STYLE

APA

Coletta, M., Montalti, R., Pistelli, M., Vincenzi, P., Mocchegiani, F., & Vivarelli, M. (2014). Metastatic breast cancer mimicking a hilar cholangiocarcinoma: Case report and review of the literature. World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1477-7819-12-384

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free