Vascular calcification in breast

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 26 Aug 2022

Vascular calcifications in the breast are calcifications associated with blood vessels.  

They are most often seen in postmenopausal women with arteriosclerotic heart disease. 

These visible calcifications result from calcified atherosclerotic plaques in the arterial walls within the breast parenchyma, and are a form of Mönckeberg medial calcific sclerosis.

Vascular calcifications are typically seen as dense, linear, parallel, circuitous or tram-track like calcifications. They are usually not oriented in the direction of the duct towards the nipple-areolar complex.

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