DCIS right breast - extensive

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger


Diagnostic mammogram in a 60 year old lady. CC image right breast.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

This lady had a huge mass in the right breast occupying most of the substance of the breast.

The markings are a leftover from analog imaging and indicate a large cyst centrally in the breast.

Typical DCIS calcifications in the right breast, occupying most of the whole right breast.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates how extensive DCIS can be. In this case, the calcifications occupy the whole breast. Remember DCIS calcification underestimates the extent of disease. Do not be phased if the disease is this extensive; the individual calcifications are still suspicious when looked at individually.

Remember, segmental distribution limited to a segment of the breast or a quadrant is a red flag.

Always do an ultrasound and see if there is a solid component. I am happy to biopsy these calcifications if they are found on ultrasound, using ultrasound guidance. If you are careful and meticulous about technique, you can on occasion find DCIS even in small volumes. 

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Case information

rID: 18653
Published: 17th Jul 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included