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Death Star patternJoe Segen2016-12-08T19:13:17+00:00
Death Star pattern
A descriptive term for the round aggregates of malignant cells obtained by fine needle aspiration biopsies from breast cancer, especially ductal type, which often connote a poor prognosis and have been metaphorically likened to the Death Star* of Hollywood fame.
*The name–and significance derives from The Empire’s secret weapon in Star Wars. Many authors refer to these clusters as cannonballs. The bottom image is a cytology sample of breast cancer.
Reference Acta Cytologica 1993; 37:483oa