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Popcorn calcification within the breast

Popcorn calcification in the breast is the classical description for the calcification seen in involuting fibroadenomas which, as the name suggests, has a popcorn-like appearance. 

Pathology

A fibroadenoma in the long run may degenerate and calcify. Initially, there are a few punctate peripheral microcalcifications. These, with time, become more dense and coarse finally giving rise to the classical popcorn appearance.

Breast imaging and pathology

Article information

rID: 25775
System: Breast
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Popcorn calcification on mammogram
  • Mammographic popcorn calcification
  • Popcorn calcification within the breast
  • Pop-corn calcification within the breast
  • Popcorn calcification in the breast

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