Sonographic and mammographic findings of breast liquid silicone injection

Sonographic and mammographic findings of breast liquid silicone injection

Author Scaranelo, Anabel Medeiros Google Scholar
Ribeiro Maia, Maria de Fatima Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Abstract Purpose. To describe the sonographic and mammographic features of patients whose breasts have been injected with silicone.Methods. Between July 1997 and August 1999, 14 patients with a history of breast injection of liquid silicone underwent physical, mammographic, and sonographic examination. Mammographic findings were classified as macronodular, micronodular, or mixed striated patterns. Sonographic appearances were classified as macronodular, micronodular, mixed, or snowstorm patterns.Results. Eighty-six percent of the patients had abnormal physical examination. Well-defined nodules were palpable in 4 patients, 6 patients had diffusely heterogeneous breasts on palpation, and 2 patients had a combination of heterogeneous texture with dominant nodules. Sonographic examination revealed the presence of marked echogenicity (i.e., snowstorm pattern) in all 14 patients; in 11 patients it was associated with macronodules and/or micronodules, whereas in 3 patients only snowstorm appearance was noted. Mammographic patterns were macronodular in 7 patients and mixed macronodular and micronodular in 6 patients.Conclusions. Both mammography and sonography can help identify free silicone injected directly into the breast. (C) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords breast
foreign bodies
Language English
Date 2006-07-01
Published in Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons Inc, v. 34, n. 6, p. 273-277, 2006.
ISSN 0091-2751 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Extent 273-277
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000238887000002

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