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European Radiology

, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp 565–569 | Cite as

Mammographic and ultrasonographic appearances of lymphoma of the breast

  • C. Balu-Maestro
  • J. N. Bruneton
  • A. Rogopoulos
  • P. Y. Marcy
  • T. Guidicelli
  • C. Raffaelli
  • J. M. Ferrero
Original Articles Breast Imaging

Abstract

A series of 11 malignant lymphomas of the breast (6 primary non-Hodgkin lymphomas, 4 secondary non-Hodgkin lymphomas, 1 Hodgkin's disease) is reported. Mammography, performed in 10 cases, revealed an ill-defined density (total or partial) (6 cases), a well-defined mass with multicyclic contours (2 cases), a mass with spiculations (1 case) and a false negative (1 case). The sonographic patterns analysed for 7 patients were non-specific, showing a higly hypoechoic, heterogenous mass with marginal irregularity in all cases. There was no correlation between the radiological appearances and the sonographic patterns; the latter were similar for both primary and secondary lesions. In contrast to mammography, ultrasonography has never been used in large literature series for diagnosis of these exceptional sites of lymphoma. Ultrasound also appears useful for patient follow-up to evaluate the response to treatment.

Key words

Breast, neoplasms Breast, ultrasound studies Lymphoma, breast 

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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Balu-Maestro
    • 1
  • J. N. Bruneton
    • 1
  • A. Rogopoulos
    • 1
  • P. Y. Marcy
    • 1
  • T. Guidicelli
    • 1
  • C. Raffaelli
    • 1
  • J. M. Ferrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre Antoine-LacassagneNice CedexFrance

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