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Sudden hemorrhage of the breast caused by breast cancer: a case report and review of the literature

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A rare case of sudden hemorrhage caused by breast cancer is reported. A 71-year-old woman noted bleeding from her left breast. Physical examination of the left breast showed a localized open cavity accompanied by bleeding and coagulation. The patient had no history of breast trauma or anticoagulation therapy. Incisional biopsy followed by histological examination resulted in a diagnosis of granulation tissue with no cancer cells present. Mammography and ultrasonography indicated probable breast cancer. As a result, a second incisional biopsy was performed, which suggested invasive ductal carcinoma without histological skin invasion. A modified radical mastectomy was performed under a diagnosis of stage II breast cancer. Breast cancer with sudden hemorrhage is rare. We review the literature and discuss the cause of this unusual manifestation.

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Nagasawa, M., lino, Y., Horiguchi, J. et al. Sudden hemorrhage of the breast caused by breast cancer: a case report and review of the literature. Breast Cancer 7, 176–178 (2000).

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