Ectopic breast tissue mimicking Bartholin’s Abscess: a case report

Authors

  • Solaja OT Department of Histopathology, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State
  • Nwadioku JI Department of Histopathology, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Okebalama VC Department of Histopathology, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Imaralu JO Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Ehioghae O Department of Surgery, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.38029/babcockunivmedj.v5i2.123

Keywords:

Ectopic breast tissue, Bartholin’s abscess, Vulva

Abstract

Background: Ectopic breast tissue (EBT) is an uncommon occurrence in which the breast tissue can be found at any point along the milk line. Although it is most commonly found on the axilla, it can also present on the thighs, perineum, vulva, inframammary region, and groin. EBT mimicking a Bartholin’s abscess is extremely rare.

Case presentation: Here, we report the case of a 31-year-old nulliparous woman who presented to our gynecology clinic with a complaint of right-sided vulvar swelling. An initial diagnosis of Bartholin’s abscess was made after clinical examination. This was surgically removed using marsupialization. However, following histopathological & immuno-histochemical evaluation, a confirmatory diagnosis of ectopic breast tissue was made. 

Conclusion: Indeed, our case re-emphasizes the absolute need for histopathological examination of every tumor notwithstanding the nature of the presentation, site of occurrence, and/or initial diagnosis. Furthermore, although rare, EBT should be considered an important differential in tumors of the vulva.

Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

solaja, taiwo, Nwadiokwu, J., Okebalama, V., Imaralu , . J. ., & Ehioghae, O. (2022). Ectopic breast tissue mimicking Bartholin’s Abscess: a case report. Babcock University Medical Journal, 5(2), 63–67. https://doi.org/10.38029/babcockunivmedj.v5i2.123

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Section

Case Report

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