Breast lipoma (and carcinoma)

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


Preoperative work-up for breast cancer in the upper right quadrant.

Patient Data:

Age: 45
Gender: Female
Modality: MRI

Besides an enhancing 2 cm ductal invasive carcinoma with a small satellite nodule at its lower border, there is a large inferior smoothly marginated mass with homogeneous fat signal intensities, that does not enhance.

Case Discussion:

MRI is the most reliable method, not only to identify breast cancer, but also lipomas of the breast (apart from CT, which should be avoided in benign breast lesions for radiation protection).

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