Preoperative diagnosis of a breast hydatid cyst using fine-needle aspiration cytology: a case report and review of the literature
1 University Hospital of Guadalajara, University of Alcalá, Guadalajara, Spain
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:293 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-293Published: 13 September 2012
A hydatid cyst of the breast is rare and often goes unnoticed by mammography and ultrasound. Preoperative diagnosis may be performed using fine-needle aspiration cytology, which also minimizes the risk of intraoperative rupture.
We report the case of a 70-year-old Spanish woman who was diagnosed with a hydatid cyst using fine-needle aspiration cytology before surgery.
Fine-needle aspiration cytology is an accurate and safe technique that can allow surgery to be avoided, especially in older patients or patients with high surgical risk.