J Cont Med A Dent. 2014 Jan-Apr; 2(1): 48-50.

http://dx.doi.org/10.18049/jcmad/219a10> CASE REPORT

Adult Filarial Worms in tissue sections of a painless Breast Mass

Veena Kumar L1,Sridhar Reddy R2

Professor and HOD of Pathology1, Assistant Professor2 of Pathology, RIMS Adilabad, A.P. India.


Filariasis is a global health problem. Lymphatic Filariasis caused by Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi, it is an important public health problem in India. Both parasites produce pathology limited to lymphatic system and are essentially has similar clinical presentations in humans. Presence of microfilaria & adult worm in breast lump histopathological sections is a rare finding. We report an unusual case of filarial worm with surrounding granulomatous inflammation in breast mass of a 35yrs old woman who presented with a painless lump in breast since 2 months. It was diagnosed clinically as Fibroadenoma. FNAC showed mainly chronic inflammatory cells was inconclusive. The mass was excised & processed for histopathological examination which confirms the presence of adult filarial worm with surrounding granuloma in breast mass.

Key words : Adult Filarial Worm, Breast Mass, Granuloma
Address for correspondence : Dr. Veena Kumar L, Department of Pathology, RIMS Adilabad, A.P. India. Email: lveenakumari@yahoo.com