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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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Microcalcifications (Definition)

Microcalcifications are tiny specks of mineral deposits (calcium), that can be scattered throughout the mammary gland, or occur in clusters. When found on a mammogram, a radiologist will then decide whether the specks are of concern - usually, this is not the case. Commonly, they simply indicate the presence of tiny benign cysts, but can signify the presence ...Read more


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Can you tell me clustered microcalcifications in the breast?

Can you tell me clustered microcalcifications in the breast?

Go see a doctor: You need to have a clinical breast examination done by a nurse or a doctor. Further, a biopsy of your breast may be needed as clustered calcium deposits can be caused by early breast cancers called ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis). Ask your doctor to help you investigate this further. ...Read more

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My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications".  Is that a cancer sign?

Biopsy Needed for Dx: A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality. This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time. ...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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44 no fam hx breast cancer. Mammo shows small cluster microcalcifications. I do have fibroglandular density with birad 2. Don't smoke,high caffeine ?

44 no fam hx breast cancer. Mammo shows small cluster microcalcifications. I do have fibroglandular density with birad  2. Don't smoke,high caffeine ?

BiRads II?: If your mammogram was read as Birads 2 you have less to worry about. BI-RADS II is a benign category. A cluster of microcacifications can be worrisome for breast-cancer. You should probably clarify this result with your doc to make sure no further testing is needed as the results seem contradictory. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Sometimes yes: Depending on the appearance, but this is a finding on mammogram. A biopsy is required to arrive at a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Possibly: While stable calcifications over time (ie years) on a mammogram are less likely to be due to cancer, any changing calcifications are likely to come with the recommendation for a biopsy because of the correlation between changing calcifications and cancer. The pattern of calcifications is interpreted by the radiologist as suspicious or benign. ...Read more

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What type of biopsy is more accurate for large clusters of microcalcifications in the breast, stereotactic core biopsy or wire guided open surgery?

What type of biopsy is more accurate for large clusters of microcalcifications in the breast,
stereotactic core biopsy or wire guided open
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Open biopsy: is considered the historic "gold standard", but the accuracy of stereotactic biopsy approaches that of excisional biopsy, with less risk, less complications, less cost, and no disfigurement or significant scarring. It avoids unnecessary surgery. About 75% or so of all microcalcification biopsies turn out benign. Image-guided needle biopsies are the standard of care for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between a swollen lymph node in the breast and clustered pleomorphic microcalcifications?

Is there any connection between a swollen lymph node in the breast and clustered pleomorphic microcalcifications?

Breast calcification: There may or may not be a connection. Microcalcifications can be present in both benign and malignant breast conditions. I'd consult with a breast surgeon to see if biopsies should be obtained now or would watchful waiting be reasonable. ...Read more

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No family history of breast cancer. 44 years old. Mammo shows small cluster of microcalcification in mlo view only of upper right breast. I do consume very high levels of caffeine. Do not smoke. Healthy diet and exercise. First abnormal Mammo. I do ha

No family history of breast cancer.  44 years old. Mammo shows small cluster of microcalcification in mlo view only of upper right breast. I do consume very high levels of caffeine.  Do not smoke. Healthy diet and exercise.  First abnormal Mammo.  I do ha

This is a common: finding Mammograms pick up both in malignant and Non malignant Breast conditions. POINT IS IT ABSOLUTELY NEEDS FOLLOW UP by a Breast Specialist! The Provider who ordered the study should be your first contact! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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