Cancer mammaire inflammatoire et abces non puerperaux: Diagnostic et suivi par mammographie, echographie et Doppler couleur

Translated title of the contribution: Abcessual breast cancer and nonpuerperal breast abscesses: Diagnosis and follow-up with mammography, B-mode and color Doppler ultrasonography

F. Draghi, F. Calliada, G. Ferrozzi, R. Mandrioli, R. Campani

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the role of mammography, B-mode and color Doppler ultrasonography in the diagnosis and treatment of abscessual breast cancer and non-puerperal abscesses. Methods and materials: We reviewed the exams of 10 women with abscessual breast cancer (2) and non-puerperal abscesses (8). All patients underwent physical examination, mammography, B- mode and color Doppler ultrasonography (US): seven collections (6 abscesses and 1 abscessual cancer) were drained under US guidance: US structure and vascularization changes in the lesions were also investigated during treatment. Results: Ultrasonography depicted abscessual collections and permitted to assess their size, features and posttreatment changes; moreover, US was useful for drainage, especially of multilobed abscesses, and essential to time biopsy. Color Doppler showed decreased vascularization and changes in flow characteristics in seven non-puerperal abscesses with positive response to antibiotic treatment, while, in one patient not responding to treatment, vascularization remained rich, with unchanged spectral characteristics. Mammography and B-mode and color Doppler US failed to make the differential diagnosis between abscessual neoplasms and non-puerperal abscesses. Conclusion: Present-day imaging techniques are inadequate to make an unquestionable differential diagnosis of abscessual neoplasms and non- puerperal abscesses. Nevertheless, B-mode US is the method of choice to guide drainage and an essential tool to time biopsy; color Doppler is useful to monitor treatment response.

Translated title of the contributionAbcessual breast cancer and nonpuerperal breast abscesses: Diagnosis and follow-up with mammography, B-mode and color Doppler ultrasonography
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalJournal d'Echographie et de Medecine par Ultrasons
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999

Keywords

  • Abscesses
  • Abscessual breast cancer
  • Breast abscesses
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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