Recurrent invasive lobular carcinoma presenting as a ruptured breast implant

Maikel Botros, Kenneth Chang, Robert Miller, Sunil Krishnan, Matthew Iott

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Background. For years, the treatment for invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) has been mastectomy secondary to the lack of studies investigating the efficacy of breast conservation therapy on patients afflicted with ILC and due to the lack of long-term follow up investigating locoregional recurrence in this patient population. In this article we report the clinical course of a patient diagnosed with ILC. Case report. We describe the case of a 50-year-old woman with stage IIB (T2N1M0) ER/PR positive right breast ILC who underwent a right modified radical mastectomy, postoperative chemotherapy, a prophylactic left simple mastectomy with bilateral breast reconstruction and tamoxifen. Approximately 12 years later, she presented with a deflated breast implant and recurrent breast cancer with metastatic spread. She received palliative radiotherapy then palliative chemotherapy. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the cancer less than a year after being diagnosed with metastatic disease. Conclusions. This may be the first case report of a ruptured breast implant presenting at the same time as the diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology and Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012


  • breast cancer
  • breast implant
  • invasive lobular carcinoma
  • rupture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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