Available online Jul 19, 2018.
[ Report ] Volume 23, Issue 4, 2014, Pages 351-354
BACKGROUND:Human cystericosis is the infection caused by the larvae of pork tapeworm Taenia solium.The
infection commonly affects the muscle,the central nervous system and subcutaneous tissues.The involvement of
the breast is unusual.
OBJECTIVE: To present a 54 years old postmenopausal woman, a petty trader and a Jehovah witness who
presented with a painless lump in the right breast which was increasing in size.The mass was clinically diagnosed by
the Surgeon who examined her as a case of right breast cancer and an excisional biopsy was done.
METHOD: A review of the case note, autopsy findings including gross and microscopic examinations and
literature was done.
RESULTS: A histopathological appraisal of biopsy revealed the presence of the typical cysticercus larva and a
definitive diagnosis of right breast Cystericosis was made.The diagnosis of cysticercosis in unusual sites such as
breast may be clinically difficult and this supports why all biopsies must be sent to the pathologists for definitive
CONCLUSION: Human cystericosis of the breast is rare, nevertheless, this should be considered as a
differential diagnosis for a mass in the breast particularly in the tropics and developing countries.To the best of our
knowledge,this is the first case from our centre.
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