Fat necrosis of the breast is a process that is very self descriptive (it literally defines itself!).
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Previous breast trauma (seatbelt injury) or surgery (breast reduction/reconstruction)
Breast examination can reveal the presence of :
- A mass that is often firm and fixed in place.
- Skin/nipple retraction may be preset
Mammography can reveal a mass that is:
- Contains coarse calcifications
Ultrasonography of the breast can show a hyeprechoic mass.
Biopsy of the mass can show:
- Foamy macrophages
- Fat globules.
HOW DO WE TREAT IT?
Surgical excision: typically the entire mass is surgically excised and analyzed for malignancy.
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