Isolated Granulocytic Sarcoma of the Breast after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Rare Involvement Also Detected by 18FDG-PET/CT

GÜNDÜZ E. , Akay M. O. , Karagulle M., AK SİVRİKOZ İ.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF HEMATOLOGY, vol.31, no.1, pp.88-91, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tjh.2012.0106
  • Page Numbers: pp.88-91


Granulocytic sarcoma is a tumor consisting of myeloid blasts with or without maturation that occurs at an anatomical site other than bone marrow. Most frequently affected sites are skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, bone, soft tissue and testes. AML may manifest as granulocytic sarcoma at diagnosis or relapse. Although it has been considered to be rare relapse as granulocytic sarcoma after stem cell transplantation is being increasingly reported. However it is rare without bone marrow involvement and in AML M6 subtype. Breast is also a rare involvement. We report a 30-year-old woman with AML M6 relapsed 16 months after allogeneic stem cell transplantation as a granulocytic sarcoma in right breast without bone marrow involvement. She was treated with systemic chemotherapy but died of sepsis. (18)FDG-PET/CT images were also obtained and detected lesions other than detected by breast ultrasound. The incidence of granulocytic sarcoma may increase if suspected or new diagnostic modalities are performed.