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Acinic cell carcinoma of the breast: A comprehensive review

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submitted on 2023-11-09, 10:20 and posted on 2023-11-09, 11:23 authored by Azra Ajkunic, Faruk Skenderi, Nada Shaker, Saghir Akhtar, Janez Lamovec, Zoran Gatalica, Semir Vranic

Acinic cell carcinoma of the breast is a rare special subtype of breast cancer in the category of salivary gland-type tumors. It is morphologically similar to acinic cell carcinomas of salivary glands and pancreas and has a triple-negative phenotype (estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative, and Her-2/neu negative). Its molecular genomic features are more similar to triple-negative breast cancer of no special type than to its salivary gland counterpart. However, the clinical course of the mammary acinic cell carcinoma appears to be less aggressive than the usual triple-negative breast carcinomas. This review comprehensively summarizes the current literature on the clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of this rare and distinct subtype of breast cancer.

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Published in: The Breast
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  • 2022

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