Inflammatory carcinoma breast

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger

Presentation

A 60 year old woman is treated for mastitis and has a poor response to therapy.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female
Modality: Mammography
  • skin thickening
  • increased density of the entire breast 
  • trabecular thickening 
  • inverted nipple
Modality: Ultrasound
  • dermal thickening and dilated lymphatic channels 

Case Discussion

Clinically inflammatory breast cancer is manifested as swollen and red breast without significant pain or pyrexia.

The typical imaging findings associated with inflammatory carcinoma of the breast are skin thickening and increased density as well as coarsened trabecular thickening. Diagnosis is by skin biopsy to confirm involvement of the dermal lymphatics by infiltrating malignant cells.

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Case Information

rID: 18548
Case created: 12th Jul 2012
Last edited: 14th Feb 2017
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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