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Microcalcification

Associations:


BENIGN (1) MALIGNANT (1)
Sclerosing adenosis DCIS
Apocrine metaplasia LCIS - usually the florid subtype
Columnar cell change
Radial scars
 
BENIGN (2) MALIGNANT (2)
Old fibroadenomas Invasive carcinomas
Papillomas Tumour calcification within lymphatics
ALH
 
BENIGN (3)
Vascular
Duct ectasia
Old fat necrosis
Lactational change

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From the above benign lists microcalcification is very commonly seen in association with SCLEROSING ADENOSIS, COLUMNAR CELL CHANGE, OLD FIBROADENOMAS & ALH and less commonly with apocrine metaplasia and radial scars.


From the above malignant list microcalcification is particularly common in association with DCIS (much more so than LCIS) and in the invasive component of low grade carcinomas rather than high grade carcinomas.


I am extremely grateful to Dr James Walsh, Consultant Radiologist, Edinburgh, who has commented on this section of the website and has with Pat Forrest contributed some superb radiographs as acknowledged individually.


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