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Radiologia. 2019 Apr 10. pii: S0033-8338(19)30034-7. doi: 10.1016/j.rx.2019.02.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Metastases to the breast, an uncommon diagnosis: what do radiologists need to know?

[Article in English, Spanish]

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1
Sección Diagnóstico e Intervencionismo Mamario, Servicio de Diagnóstico por Imágenes, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Electronic address: drakarina.pesce@gmail.com.
2
Sección Diagnóstico e Intervencionismo Mamario, Servicio de Diagnóstico por Imágenes, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
3
Servicio de Diagnóstico por Imágenes, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
4
Servicio de Anatomía Patológica, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the imaging characteristics of histologically diagnosed metastases to the breast.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

We selected patients histologically diagnosed with metastases to the breast in our diagnostic and interventional breast imaging unit between March 2010 and September 2018.

RESULTS:

A total of 9 patients (all women; mean age, 60 y; age range, 28-89 y) were diagnosed with metastases to the breast. In 1 (11.11%) case, the primary disease was diagnosed from the breast lesion. The primary tumors were melanoma (n=5), neuroendocrine tumor (n=2, one from the small bowel and one from the cervix), lung adenocarcinoma (n=1), and ovarian cancer (n=1). The clinical and imaging manifestations depend on the type of dissemination of disease and can simulate benign and malignant primary breast lesions.

CONCLUSION:

There is no specific imaging pattern for metastases to the breast that would help to orient the diagnosis. It is important to consider this etiological possibility if the patient has a history of a primary tumor in another organ.

KEYWORDS:

Hallazgos ecográficos; Hallazgos mamográficos; Images; Imágenes; Mammography findings; Metastases to the breast; Metástasis en la mama; Ultrasound findings

PMID:
30981417
DOI:
10.1016/j.rx.2019.02.004

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