Mucocele-like tumors of the breast: Mammographic and sonographic appearances

Katrina Glazebrook, Carol Reynolds

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of our study was to describe the mammographic and sonographic appearances of the mucocele-like tumor of the breast. CONCLUSION. The mucocele-like tumor is a rare lesion of the breast, the benign form of which has a nonspecific mammographic appearance. The tumor can present as indeterminate microcalcifications or as a nodule, often containing calcifications. The sonographic findings are of multiple well-defined hypoechoic oval or tubular structures with low-level internal echoes resembling complex cysts. Mucocele-like tumors of the breast can be associated with atypical hyperplasia or carcinoma. If a mucocele-like tumor is diagnosed at core needle biopsy, complete surgical excision is recommended, with careful evaluation of the entire specimen to exclude the presence of atypia or carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-954
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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