Post surgical breast scar

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Post surgical breast scar is a benign complication that usually occurs following  surgical intervention to breast tissue. It can however be a strong and potentially very confusing mimicker of breast malignancy.

Radiographic features

Review of the patient's past history and previous mammography is extremely useful in radiographic interpretation.


Often appears as an area of architectural distortion, a poorly marginated soft-tissue mass with interspersed radiolucent areas 4 or a at times a spiculated breast lesion. The abnormality may decrease slowly over time. Associated calcifications may also be present 6.

Postsurgical scarring usually has some relation to the cutaneous scar or region of previous surgical intervention.

A post surgical scar should also maintain interval stability or decrease in size over interval mammography.

Differential diagnosis

Mammographic appearances can mimic that of breast malignancy or a radial scar. This fact is one of the reasons why minimally invasive breast sampling is so advantageous.

Breast imaging and pathology
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Article information

rID: 13606
System: Breast, Oncology
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post-surgical breast scar
  • Post traumatic breast scar
  • Post surgical breast scars

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