Characteristics of fibroepithelial tumor
Biplastic, having proliferation of both stromal and epithelial components,[note 2] arranged into either a pericanalicular pattern (stromal proliferation around epithelial structures), or an intracanalicular pattern (stromal proliferation compressing the epithelial structures into clefts).
Characteristics of fibroadenoma
Fibroadenomas characteristically display hypovascular stroma compared to malignant tumors. Furthermore, the epithelial proliferation appears in a single terminal ductal unit and has duct-like spaces surrounded by a fibroblastic stroma. The basement membrane is intact.
Characteristics of phyllodes tumor
In contrast to fibroadenomas, phyllodes tumors display a leaf-like architecture, and an increased stromal cellularity. In needle biopsy specimens, phyllodes tumors can be diagnosed in a fibroepithelial tumor if there is prominent mitotic activity of ≥3 per 10 high power fields, or the finding of 3 or more of the following characteristic histologic features:
- Stromal overgrowth
- Fat infiltration
- Stromal fragmentation
- Subepithelial stromal condensation
- Stromal nuclear pleomorphism
After diagnosing a fibroepithelial tumor, classify it as benign, borderline or malignant:
|Stromal cellularity||Mildly increased, can be focal||Moderately increased, can be focal||Markedly and diffusely increased|
|Stromal overgrowth*||Absent||Absent or very focal||Present|
|Mitotic count||< 5/10 HPF or < 2.5/mm²||5 - 9/10 HPF or 2.5 - < 5/mm²||≥ 10/10 HPF or ≥ 5/mm²|
|Tumor border||Well defined||Well defined or focally permeative||Diffusely permeative|
|Malignant heterologous elements||Absent||Absent||Presence directly upgrades to malignant category**|
- * Stromal overgrowth can be defined as absence of epithelial elements containing stroma only in 1 low power field.
- **Malignant categories include chondrosarcoma, liposarcoma (except well differentiated liposarcoma), osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, angiosarcoma and leiomyosarcoma
Also, exclude another type of breast cancer, which may arise within it, possibly being:
For borderline and malignant phyllodes tumors, measure the distance from the tumor to the closest surgical margin. However, such measure is not necessary for benign phyllodes tumor.
If, even after consultation, it is not clear whether a tumor is a fibroadenoma or phyllodes tumor, then it can be reported as a cellular fibroepithelial lesion or a fibroepithelial neoplasm.
A phyllodes tumor warrants a comment whether margins are positive or negative for tumor, whereas fibroadenoma does not need such comment.
Example report of fibroadenoma:
|Right breast, lumpectomy:|
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- The proliferation of two histological components is called "biplasia", from Latin bis (“twice”) and -plasia (“formation”), or "biphasic proliferation" (although the latter may refer to proliferation that has two chronological phases).
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