Lactating breast

Case contributed by Dr Mark Holland

Presentation

GP referral 6 weeks post partum with left breast pain and lumpiness

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Female
Mammography

the breast is very dense, heterogeneously coarse, nodular, and confluent, with a marked decrease in adipose tissue and a prominent ductal pattern 

ultrasound normal with no collection or mass

Case Discussion

Dense breast makes evaluation of a mass difficult

88% of lactating women have dense or heterogeneously dense mammograms

pregnancy associated breast carcinoma (PABC) represents up to 3% of all breast malignancies

PABC incidence 1 in 3000–10,000 pregnancies. More than 50% of patients present with high-grade tumours that include inflammatory tumours and have lymph node involvement. 

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Case information

rID: 19434
Case created: 9th Sep 2012
Last edited: 16th Dec 2015
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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