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Breast cyst - "glittering appearance"

Case contributed by Dr Giorgio M Baratelli


The patient had many aspirations of apocrine breast macrocysts between the ages of 35 and 45.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Ultrasound shows a complicated cyst: an oval anechoic circumscribed mass with posterior enhancement and many brightly echogenic foci inside, giving a glittering appearance when moving during the examination. 

Case Discussion

A residual complicated cyst was detected by ultrasound in this postmenopausal patient. The floating and brightly echogenic foci within the cystic fluid are debris and cholesterol crystals.

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Case information

rID: 43846
Published: 26th Mar 2016
Last edited: 11th Jan 2020
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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