Breast malignant, males, children
Carcinoma subtypes
Acantholytic subtype of squamous cell carcinoma

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Definition / general
  • Acantholysis (lack of cell adhesion) is due to a desmosomal defect, possibly alteration in keratins (Cell Cycle 2008;7:2021)
  • May be very aggressive
Terminology
  • Also called pseudoglandular or adenoid squamous cell carcinoma
Case reports
Gross images

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Cystic area with necrosis (upper), gray white solid area (below)

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Pseudovascular or pseudoglandular appearance due to tumor cell discohesiveness
  • Lining is composed of squamous epithelium and spaces with necrotic debris and keratin
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Breast:

Various images



Conjunctival tumor:

Pseudoglandular pattern
due to acantholysis of
neoplastic squamous cells



Head and neck:

Pseudolumina are present, but no true glands



Skin:

Various images

Positive stains
Negative stains
Differential diagnosis