Spherulosis of the breast: A spectrum of mucinous and collagenous lesions

Eoghan E. Mooney, Naila Kayani, Fattaneh A. Tavassoli

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Objective. - Collagenous spherulosis of the breast is an uncommon localized pattern of basement membrane material deposition that may be mistaken for atypical proliferations or carcinoma. This report describes 9 cases in which the predominant or exclusive appearance of the spherules was basophilic instead of eosinophilic. Design. - The files of all cases of collagenous spherulosis diagnosed at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology were reviewed to ascertain the frequency of diagnosis. Results. - Spherulosis with a predominantly basophilic pattern had a histochemical and immunohistochemical profile similar to collagenous spherulosis and was associated with more collagenous-appearing forms in 7 of 9 cases. Review of 81 cases showed that collagenous spherulosis was correctly diagnosed in 15% of referrals and was mistaken for intraductal or invasive carcinoma in 11% of cases. Conclusions. - Mucinous and collagenous patterns appear to be related forms of spherulosis. They are underrecognized by pathologists and maybe mistaken for atypia or malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-630
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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