Journal of Medical Ultrasonics

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 389–396 | Cite as

Usefulness of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography for intracystic breast tumors: a report of three cases

  • Kumiko Kato
  • Hiroko Nogi
  • Tomoyuki Ohta
  • Makiko Kamio
  • Yasuo Toriumi
  • Norio Nakata
  • Ken Uchida
  • Yukio Miyamoto
  • Hiroshi Takeyama
Case Report
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Abstract

Cystic breast lesions are caused by a wide spectrum of breast diseases and can range from simple cysts to malignant tumors. Ultrasonography is a good tool for evaluation of the morphology and vascularity of cystic breast lesions. We report three patients in whom contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) was used to evaluate intracystic tumors. One of the three patients was diagnosed with intracystic papilloma. Compared with conventional ultrasonography alone, CEUS more clearly demonstrated that the solid component within the mass was lobulated with a narrow base. The other two patients were diagnosed with intracystic papillary carcinoma, and CEUS clearly revealed the presence of widely elevated solid components within both masses, suggesting malignancy. Therefore, CEUS simplified morphological evaluation by enhancing the solid components within the cystic masses.

Keywords

Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography Breast lesions Intracystic carcinoma Complex cyst 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Dr. Kouichi Nomura for the advice and expertise related to pathology.

Conflict of interest

There were no financial or other relationships that could lead to a conflict of interest.

Human rights statements and informed consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (5). Informed consent was obtained from all patients prior to inclusion in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumiko Kato
    • 1
    • 3
  • Hiroko Nogi
    • 1
  • Tomoyuki Ohta
    • 2
  • Makiko Kamio
    • 1
  • Yasuo Toriumi
    • 1
  • Norio Nakata
    • 2
  • Ken Uchida
    • 1
  • Yukio Miyamoto
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Takeyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Endocrine and Breast SurgeryThe Jikei University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThe Jikei University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryThe Jikei University School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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