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Roman bridge appearance

Roman bridge appearance 
roman bridge top imge from New Medical Terms

roman bridge, Covadonga Spain


A descriptive term for a histologic hallmark of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast–cribriform type, which consists of curved “bars” of well-differentiated, bland malignant cells without an intervening fibrovascular core that span 2 or more points of a duct 

Roman bridge appearance image from New Medical Terms

low power H&E stained section with intraductal breast cancer showing Roman bridging

The Roman bridge appearance is a “soft” histologic criterion for malignancy which is often confused with intraductal epitheliosis. The name derives from the histologic mimicking of the voluptuous architecture typical of the water works of the Roman empire, including bridges and aqueducts

Synonym Roman bridging 

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