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Congenital Malformations and Developmental Changes of the Breast: A Dysmorphological View

  • Paul Merlob
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Abstract

Congenital malformations of the breast and nipple-areolar complex are described from the aspect of neonatal dysmorphology. Their classification is based on the accepted nomenclature in the medical literature and on our own special method of clinical examination. The developmental changes of the breast are also presented. Except for amastia, polymastia, and polythelia, which have received much attention, the data for many other breast malformations are sparse. Case-control studies or even case series are rare, and good evidence is often lacking. In addition, more studies are needed to complete the map of genes involved in breast development. This information will contribute substantially to our understanding and clinical approach to breast malformations in the future.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeonatologySchneider Children’s Medical Center and Rabin Medical CenterTetach TikvaIsrael
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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