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J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 2014 Apr;58(2):208-12. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12100. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

Magnetic resonance imaging appearances in primary and secondary angiosarcoma of the breast.

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  • 1Department of Breast Radiology, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


Angiosarcomas are malignant tumours of endovascular origin. They are rare tumours accounting for 0.04-1% of all breast malignancies. Two different forms are described: primary, occurring in young women, and secondary angiosarcoma, which occurs in older women with a history of breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy. Imaging findings on mammography and ultrasound are non-specific, but magnetic resonance imaging with dynamic contrast enhancement is more informative. We present two cases - one of primary and one of secondary angiosarcoma - and review the imaging findings.

© 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.


angiosarcoma; breast cancer; magnetic resonance imaging; mammography

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