Previous breast cancer - axillary surgical clips (chest x-ray)

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger

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Previous carcinoma right breast

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

Surgical clips in the axillary tail of the right breast. Look at the lateral view carefully.

Annotated images showing surgical clips. 

Case Discussion

20 years ago the right breast shadow would likely be absent or significantly distorted. These days the profile of the breast can be normal even after therapy. Early diagnosis of breast cancer makes minimally invasive therapy possible with cosmetically acceptable results. The smaller the breast cancer at the time of the diagnosis, the better the chance at survival. Small is better.

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Case information

rID: 22385
Published: 29th Mar 2013
Last edited: 12th Nov 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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