Primary breast lymphoma with sudden death

Luisa Florez, Carolina Gutierrez, Kathy Haden-Pinneri, Mario Cervantes, Maximilian Buja, Mary L. Anzalone, Luis Sanchez

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Primary breast lymphoma is a rare form of extranodal lymphoma. B cells constitute the most common type involving the breast. T cells represents only 3%. Even though lymphomas have a high predilection to metastasize to the heart, there are no specific clinical or radiological findings, and most of the cases are diagnosed at autopsy. We discuss the case of a 49-year-old woman with primary breast lymphoma who presented with sudden death. Autopsy revealed a primary T-cell lymphoma of the breast with tumoral infiltration of the atrioventricular node and transmural myocardial permeation with focal necrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-179
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


  • arrhythmia
  • heart
  • primary breast lymphoma
  • sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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