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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1986;20(2): 240-242.
Apocrine Carcinoma of the Breast: Report of two cases.
Young Bae Kim, Woo Hee Jung, Chan Il Park
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
Apocrine carcinoma is a rare type of mammary cancer, which shows partial or total apocrine differentiation in either ductal or lobular carcinoma. The malignant transformation of apocrine epithelium of the breast was first described by Krompecher in 1916. It is well known that their relationship to true apocrine glands of the skin is only a morphological similarity, and this histological difference does not affect the prognosis. The authors experienced two cases of apocrine carcinoma of the breast which involved infiltrating ductal carcinoma of a 64-year old woman and intraductal carcinoma of a 69-year old woman respectively. Electron microscopic examination and brief review of literature was done.