Inspissated secretions

Last revised by Dr Yuranga Weerakkody on 14 Sep 2021

Inspissated secretions refers to thickened secretions with increased viscosity within ducts or body cavities (usually nasal, paranasal sinus, oral or ductal) that usually become thickened by dehydration (typically a chronic process). The secretions can then cause obstruction to respective airways or ducts. Some inspissated secretions may become calcified resulting in dystrophic calcification.

Radiographic features

CT

May be hyper-attenuating due to calcific components

MRI

Tend to be low signal on most sequences 3.

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: within mammary ducts with duct ectasia
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