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August 1966

Hodgkin's Disease of the Breast

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville.

Arch Surg. 1966;93(2):331-334. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1966.01330020123021

SIXTEEN cases of primary Hodgkin's disease of the breast have been described1-13 since the first description by Kueckens in 1928.6 It is reported in both the white and Negro races and occurs in both sexes.1 Bilateral11 as well as unilateral breast involvement has been described. Approximately 0.04% of patients with Hodgkin's disease are reported to have breast involvement.14 Similarly, it is estimated to be the underlying cause of 1% of all lymphedemas of the breast.15 This report will include two additional cases of Hodgkin's disease of the breast with a review of the subject.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.  —A 62-year-old Negro woman detected a breast mass two months prior to admission to the hospital. She gave no history of pain, weight loss, fever, nipple discharge, or skin change. She was 15 years postmenopausal.Physical examination upon admission was that of a normally developed