Prosthesis calcification

Case contributed by Dr Garth Kruger

Presentation

Previous breast prostheses surgically removed years before

Patient Data

Gender: Female
Mammography

Left breast

Extensive calcification in the retromammary space.

Case Discussion

The appearance of the post surgical breast can confuse; especially if you don't have the history.

The prosthesis develops varying degrees of calcification. When the prosthesis is removed the calcified capsule is sometimes left behind to more or lesser degrees. The position and lens-shaped post surgical change are typical for a submammary prosthesis.

Anecdotally I see much less prosthesis calcification now than 20 years ago.

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Case information

rID: 19039
Case created: 3rd Aug 2012
Last edited: 11th May 2016
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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