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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 1785409, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1785409
Case Report

Diarrhoea Caused by Diffuse Metastatic Lobular Breast Cancer

1Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwest Clinics, Wilhelminalaan 12, 1815 JD Alkmaar, Netherlands
2Department of Pathology, Northwest Clinics, Wilhelminalaan 12, 1815 JD Alkmaar, Netherlands
3Department of Oncology, Northwest Clinics, Wilhelminalaan 12, 1815 JD Alkmaar, Netherlands

Received 26 February 2016; Accepted 5 May 2016

Academic Editor: Ossama W. Tawfik

Copyright © 2016 Sjoerd F. Bakker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A 70-year-old woman with a history of lobular breast cancer presented to our Outpatient Clinic with diarrhoea for the past 3 years. Clinical examination and laboratory research were normal. Colonoscopy showed diffuse mild erythema and a decreased vascular pattern. Biopsies from the ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon showed metastases of lobular breast carcinoma. Although gastrointestinal metastases are rare in breast cancer, our case emphasizes the need for further diagnostic efforts in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms and a history of breast carcinoma.