The ‘Vanishing Breast’: An Unusual Presentation of Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma

Mwenda AS, Ilkul JH

Department of Surgery, Consolata Hospital, Nyeri, Kenya

Correspondence to: Dr Aruyaru Stanley Mwenda P.O Box 25-10100 Nyeri, Kenya, Email:


Introduction: Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer related morbidity and mortality world over. Most cases will present as palpable lump or bloody nipple discharge. However, there are cases of atypical presentation in the literature.

Case summary: We report a case of a 50 year old female with infiltrating ductal carcinoma presenting as spontaneous reduction and complete loss of breast tissue.

Conclusion: Breast cancer presentation can be atypical and non-specific. There is need for Kenyan females to take up radiological screening.


Key words: Breast cancer, vanishing breast, breast self examination, pleurodesis.


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