J Korean Radiol Soc.  1994 Oct;31(4):753-758.

Imaging Diagnosis of Breast Tuberculosis

Abstract

PURPOSE
To evaluate the radiologic findings of breast tuberculosis.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The authors evaluated the radiologic findings of five cases of surgically confirmed tuberculosis of the breast. Patients were examined with mammography (n=5), ultrasonography (n=3), and MRI (n=2). All patients were female. Four patients had unilateral lesion and the remaining one patient had bilateral breast tuberculosis.
RESULTS
Mammographic findings were mainly radioopaque mass density without secondary signs. Two patients showed secondary signs such as skin thickening, parenchymal distortion, and nipple retraction. Ultrasonographic findings were variable but helpful in differentiating benign from malignant breast lesions. MRI findings were more helpful in differentiating abscess from malignant lesions.
CONCLUSION
Radiologic findings were useful to diagnose tuberculosis of the breast, but fine needle aspiration biopsy and culture were needed for suspicious radiologic findings.


MeSH Terms

Abscess
Biopsy
Biopsy, Fine-Needle
Breast*
Diagnosis*
Female
Humans
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mammography
Nipples
Skin
Tuberculosis*
Ultrasonography
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