Breast aneurysm

Breast aneurysms are a rarely seen cause of a breast mass.

Types
  • true aneurysm: occurs post trauma and is seen as a slowly enlarging pulsatile mass
  • false aneurysm / pseudoaneurysm: occurs in acute trauma, post percutaneous biopsy, due to spontaneous haemorrhage secondary to coagulopathies or due to malignant vascular invasion
Ultrasound

On grey scale ultrasound it may be seen as an anechoic, well-defined cystic structures with moving contents within. Colour Doppler may show vascularity with turbulent flow.

CT 

May show brilliant contrast enhancement within the lesion, similar to an adjacent vessel.

Management options include:

Breast imaging and pathology
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Article information

rID: 26023
Systems: Breast, Vascular
Section: Pathology
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Breast vascular aneurysm
  • Breast aneurysms
  • Breast vascular aneurysms

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