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September 10, 1949


JAMA. 1949;141(2):129. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.62910020002006a

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The observation of foreign bodies in the breast is extremely rare. The following case is of particular interest in as much as it offers an unusual problem in the differential diagnosis of tumors of the breast.

REPORT OF CASE  The patient was a housewife aged 38 who had always been in good health with a normal appetite and normal bowel habits. Her menses had been a little irregular for the past eight months. Her husband and three children were living and well. The youngest child was 6 years of age. The patient had nursed the first two children. Her mother died of carcinoma of the breast at 64 years of age, her father of carcinoma of the prostate at 73.About four weeks before the patient sought medical aid, she felt some discomfort in the right breast and found a lump beneath the nipple. This had not grown in size

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