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Bilateral breast filariasis mimicking inflammatory breast carcinoma
  1. Simi Das1,
  2. Hira Lal2,
  3. Mousam Dey2,
  4. Namita Mohindra2
  1. 1Department of Radiology, GD Hospital, Kolkata, India
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hira Lal, hiralal2007{at}


Breast is an uncommon site to be affected in filariasis. However, such cases may be encountered in endemic areas. Here, we report a case of filariasis of breast in a 55-year-old woman who was clinically mistaken for inflammatory carcinoma of the breast. Sonomammography revealed classic signs pointing towards the diagnosis of filariasis of breast, which was confirmed with microscopic examination of fine-needle aspirate. Thus, imaging played a pivotal role in correctly diagnosing and further altering the line of management.

  • Radiology
  • Infections
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  • Contributors HL: Conception and design; SD: Acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript and revising it critically for important intellectual content. MD: Acquisition of data, drafting the manuscript. NM: Conception and design, revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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