Breast cancer rib metastasis
Retired female with prior history of breast cancer. Left sided thoracic pain.
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Thickened sclerotic left 8th rib.
Lungs clear. Heart size normal.
The breast outlines are one of the review areas on a chest x-ray. If a mastectomy is present implying a previous malignancy, be sure to interrogate the film closely.
Bone metastases are common - both lucent and sclerotic - in breast cancer.
Other potential findings on a chest x-ray indicating metastatic disease in breast cancer include:
- a pleural effusion
- lung metastases
- pleural metastases