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Doctor insights on: Clustered Microcalcifications

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Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Needs biopsy: Suspicious cluster opleomorphic microcalcifications on mgram may be due to breast cancer. Therefore you need to undergo a biopsy. Usually they sggest a stereotactic biopsy which is a type od percutaneous needle biopsy n a special x-ray table. Please follow with a breast carer specialist or a radiologist experien in this procedure. ...Read more

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Microcalcifications (Definition)

are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely ...Read more


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Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications. Is that breast cancer?

Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications.  Is that breast cancer?

Needs investigation: Although breast calcifications may not necessarily mean cancer, pleomorphic calcifications are suspicious. A biopsy should be done. Talk to your doctor. Pleomorphism means that something is of varying shape and characteristics. A non-cancerous or benign calcification will be read as "benign-appearing". Don't delay your biopsy. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between "grouped microcalcifications" and "clustered microcalcifications" in breast?

Is there any difference between "grouped microcalcifications" and "clustered microcalcifications" in breast?

Not really: But, either description of the micro calcifications is suspicious and warrants further workup - magnification mammograms at least. Depending on what those show, a biopsy may be required to make a final diagnosis. Please complete the workup! ...Read more

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What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

Abnormalities: They are area (s) of tiny calcium deposits, which have high incidence of malignancy, seen in the mammogram, can not feel them by examination, could be small localised cancer tissue, and need to be examined by microscope ( biopsy needed ). ...Read more

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Cellular, micro & macrofollicular clusters of follicular cells, enlgd nuclear size, rare nuclear grooves, lg follicular clusters, dense colloid.Means?

Path report: Obviously, your doctor should be explaining this to you, in the full context and knowledge of your recent history that prompted this tissue evaluation. There is no mention of malignant characteristics or anything significantly abnormal on this brief outtake from the full report. Best wishes. ...Read more

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3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

3cm hypoechoic solid vascular thyroid nodule with a cluster of hurthle cells, fna benign, follow up ultrasound now shows microcalcifications. Cancer?

Not necessarily...: The fact that FNA was reported as benign, the nodule is unlikely to be malignant. Small droplets of benign colloid often mimic "microcalcificatins" of papillary tumor, hence caution is advised. I would suggest repeating the FNA, and consider also collecting samples for gene profiling studies, such as, those manufactured by Veracyte and Asuragen (Note:I have no financial/other interest.) ...Read more

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Are malignant breast lumps usually movable?

Are malignant breast lumps usually movable?

Yes: While the "classic" description of a breast cancer is "fixed" and "immovable", I have found many palpable breast cancers to be movable within the breast. The bottom line is that when a woman finds a new lump in her breast, she should seek out medical attention for further evaluation regardless of its mobility within the breast. ...Read more

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Fna, 2 nodules left lobe. Abundant benign appearing epithelial cells, hemosiderin-laden macrophages& colloid present. Scattered microfollicles noted. Path says can't entirely rule out fillocular lesio?

Fna, 2 nodules left lobe. Abundant benign appearing epithelial cells, hemosiderin-laden macrophages& colloid present. Scattered microfollicles noted. Path says can't entirely rule out fillocular lesio?

Is this Thyroid biop: It looks like thyroid nodules. This may be a fna biopsy report which is indeterminate. You need to follow your endocrinologists advice which will likely require excisional surgery for these lesions. ...Read more

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Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense breasts Birads 2 Benign finding what does then mean Heterogeneously dense breast ?

Mammo shows Heterogeneously dense breasts Birads 2 Benign finding what does then mean Heterogeneously dense breast ?

Breast tissue variab: The breast tissue density among women is quite variable and ranges from dense to lucent and any degree of mixed forms(that is what heterogeneous means as opposed to homogeneous). The breast that is very dense can sometimes hide a small breast Cancer . That is why such women are advised to have examination with an ultrasound in addition to mammography. You do not seem to have that problem. ...Read more

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Abundant benign appearing follicular epithelial cells, hemosiderin-laden macrophages and colloid present, favor adenomatoid nodule. ?

Glad to hear it: Your thyroid nodule is benign. You may have several and they are probably benign as well. Nobody knows what causes these little adenomatous nodules, but they have very little tendency to turn bad. ...Read more

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Are breast lumps cancerous?

Are breast lumps cancerous?

Many Possibilities: The breast by its very nature is "lumpy-bumpy", often making it difficult to distinguish lumps that count from normal breat tissue. Lumps "that count" (dominant masses) tend to be distinct from normal breast tissue. They may be fluid-filled (cysts) or solid (tumors)--this can be differentiated by ultrasound. Tumors may be benign or malignant--this can be differentiated by biopsy. ...Read more

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Mammo report NO INTERVAL CHANGES NOTED mean finding HETEROGENEOUSLY DENSE which may OBSCURE SMALL MASSES BIRADS 2 BENIGN FINDING why unltrasound ?

Mammo report  NO INTERVAL CHANGES NOTED mean finding HETEROGENEOUSLY DENSE which may OBSCURE SMALL MASSES BIRADS 2 BENIGN FINDING  why unltrasound ?

Report indicates: You should be followed by your doctor , due to dense breast tissue may not be able to see ' small masses ' so need a sonogram to make sure there no ' mass ' Even though the report is good you must go back to your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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2 times of FNA are benign follicular nodule but US finding irregular hypoechoic solid nodule with internal flecks of calcifications, possible?

2 times of FNA are benign follicular nodule but US finding irregular hypoechoic solid nodule with internal flecks of calcifications, possible?

Thyroid nodule: Solid nodules that appear dark or hypoechoic on ultrasound and have small calcifications are more likely to be cancerous. Fluid filled nodules (>2cm for FNA) without these features could be benign. Correlation with the US data is necessary to be certain that the lesion was adequately sampled by FNA. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

No: Thyroid nodules with calcifications need to be fully evaluated, but just because they have calcifications, doesn't mean that they are cancerous. Don't delay, get evaluated. ...Read more

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Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction  nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Sounds benign: This description sounds like a benign mole or what a pathologist would call a junctional nevus. There should be a final diagnosis on the report in addition to the description. Doesn't sound worrisome or atypical to me. ...Read more

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39 yo extremely dense fibrocystic breasts w/well-circumscribed macrolobulated hypoechoic mass 11:00 left breast 3cm above nipple BIRAD 4? Cancer?

39 yo extremely dense fibrocystic breasts w/well-circumscribed macrolobulated hypoechoic mass 11:00 left breast 3cm above nipple BIRAD 4? Cancer?

No easy answer: It is imperative that you talk with the physician who took care of you. There are many possibilities and I would have to know more about these findings to give you my best opinion. ...Read more

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Complex cystic hypoechoic nodules right parotid gland with internal vascular septations &calcifications Echogenic foci Biopsy in future. Inconclusive?

Complex cystic hypoechoic nodules right parotid gland with internal vascular septations  &calcifications Echogenic foci Biopsy in future. Inconclusive?

Parotid mass: Your doctor will probably want an FNA, fine needle aspiration to obtain cells that can be examined by a pathologist. Probably will be benign but your ENT may suggest it be completely excised. ...Read more