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Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004
Issue release date: July – August
Section title: Case Report

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Med Princ Pract 2004;13:234–236

Giant Cell Arteritis of the Breast

Anim J.T.a · van Herk E.J.b
aDepartment of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, bDepartment of Surgery, Al-Hadi Clinic, Kuwait
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Dr. J.T. Anim

Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine

Kuwait University, PO Box 24923

13110 Safat (Kuwait)

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Objective: To report a rare case of giant cell arteritis of the breast in a 56-year-old woman. Clinical Presentation and Intervention: The patient presented with tenderness in the upper outer quadrant of the left breast, in the absence of any constitutional symptoms. A diagnosis of giant cell arteritis was made only after surgical wedge excision of the affected breast quadrant. She returned 6 weeks later with tenderness in the upper inner medial quadrant of the same breast, with a raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate. She has since been referred to the rheumatologist for further management. Conclusion: The diagnosis of giant cell arteritis of the breast was made only after pathological examination of the excised breast tissue. This study focused attention on the need to be aware of systemic conditions that may present as localised lesions of the breast and to maintain a high index of clinical suspicion in order to adequately investigate them and perhaps avoid unnecessary radical surgical intervention such as mastectomy.

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Received: January 22, 2003
Accepted: June 22, 2003
Published online: June 10, 2004
Issue release date: July – August

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1011-7571 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0151 (Online)

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