Mondor disease - breast

Case contributed by Garth Kruger


Referred for diagnostic mammography. She complains of a 3 weeks history of left breast discomfort and feels a ropy linear subcutaneous density running obliquely laterally from the nipple towards the left axilla. The breast is tender on exam. The mammogram is unremarkable.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.

Ultrasound images with color flow of the palpable abnormality in the left breast:


The study shows a thrombosed subcutaneous vein. Ultrasound features of Mondor disease.

Case Discussion

In clinical practice this is an uncommon diagnosis. The patients can complain of pain but usually the abnormality is palpable and felt by the patient. The key is to add ultrasound regardless of the mammographic findings. A high clinical suspicion will make the diagnosis together with the Doppler ultrasound images.

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