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CASE REPORT
A mimic of breast carcinoma 1-year post vacuum-assisted excision of a benign breast lesion
  1. Mark Conal Murphy1,
  2. Cecily M Quinn2,
  3. Ruth S Prichard3,
  4. Susan Pender4 and
  5. Sorcha McNally4
  1. 1Radiology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Pathology, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Breast Surgery, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4Radiology, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark Conal Murphy, markmurphy1608{at}gmail.com

Abstract

A 64-year-old woman underwent vacuum-assisted excision (VAE) for a biopsy-proven radial scar in the right breast detected during screening mammography. A follow-up mammogram was performed at 1 year following multidisciplinary team discussion. This demonstrated a 1 cm mass adjacent to the biopsy clip at the site of the prior VAE. A repeat biopsy of the mass was performed which revealed benign scar tissue. This is the first reported case of post-VAE scar tissue mimicking breast carcinoma on mammography.

  • radiology (diagnostics)
  • breast cancer
  • screening (oncology)

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Footnotes

  • Contributors MCM, Radiology Specialist Registrar: planning, data acquisition, drafting of manuscript, final approval. CMQ, Consultant Breast Histopathologist: data acquisition, expert input in area of pathology, critical revision of manuscript, final approval. RSP, Consultant Breast Surgeon: expert input in area of breast surgery, critical edits to manuscript, final approval. SP, Consultant Breast Radiologist: data acquisition, drafting of manuscript, expert input in area of breast radiology, final approval. SM, Consultant Breast Radiologist: planning breast radiology, critical revision of manuscript, final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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