INTRODUCTION: We report an unusual case of a massive malignant phyllodes tumour that had almost replaced the entire breast presenting with severe chronic blood loss, extensive deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and a silent pulmonary embolus.
PRESENTATION: Long-standing neglected massive fungating ulcerative mass larger than the left haemothorax.
DISCUSSION: Phyllodes tumours are rare fibro-epithelial breast lesions that have the propensity to grow rapidly to a large size if neglected. Larger tumours are more likely to be malignant with an overall metastatic rate around 10%. An incidental pulmonary embolus arising from extensive silent lower limb deep vein thrombosis requiring an IVC filter complicated the surgical management.
CONCLUSION: Phyllodes tumours are rare and account for approximately 0.3-0.5% of all breast tumours . They have the propensity to be fast growing. However, tumours reaching a massive size (>10cm) are rare with few reports in the literature.