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Br J Radiol. 1997 Mar;70:239-41.

The ultrasound appearances of galactocoeles.

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  • 1Nottingham Breast Screening Unit, City Hospital, UK.


Galactocoeles are an uncommon cause of breast masses, usually occurring in lactating women. The purpose of this study was to review the ultrasound (US) features of galactocoeles presenting to the Nottingham Breast Unit. Eight women with galactocoeles were scanned during 1994 and 1995. All the scans were abnormal, 50% of lesions were cystic or multicystic, 37% mixed cystic/solid and 13% appeared solid. A fat-fluid level was seen in only one case. Two of the cystic/solid lesions had ill defined solid components, raising the possibility of an intracystic carcinoma. All cases were confirmed by the aspiration of milk and clinical resolution following aspiration.

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