Hodgkin's Lymphoma of the Breast

Jephet Nze Jebbin, Emeka Ray-Offor, Jacob Molai Adotey



Non-epithelial neoplasm involving the breast is uncommon. Hodgkin's lymphoma in rare cases present primarily as localised extra- nodal involvement of the breast. This report aims to present a case of Hodgkin's lymphoma of the breast treated by chemotherapy with complete remission achieved.


The case records of a 66 years old female who presented with a six-month history of swelling in left armpit and a left breast mass of 4 months duration and a literature review of the subject utilizing existing literature, Medline and google search were utilized.


A tissue diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma with typical Reed-Sternberg cells seen after incisional biopsy. The use of cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine and prednisolone for chemotherapy achieved complete remission.


Hodgkin's lymphoma should be considered as a differential for mitotic lesion of the breast as the prognosis is favourable and treatment excludes mastectomy with its morbidity and psychosocial considerations.


Breast; Hodgkin disease; Malignant lymphoma

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