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 ).
It is a. grouping of tiny calcium deposits. Depending on the shape and distribution of the microcalcifications, they may or may not be classified as "suspicious". If they are suspicious, biopsy is usually indicated. Most of the time a minimally invasive needle biopsy can be performed with stereotactic guidance. When suspicious calcifications are biopsied, 70% of the time it turns out to be benign.

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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...

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...

I have 2 large clusters of indeterminate microcalcifications in right breast. I'm 49, no fam. History or risk factors for BC. What % is benign?

Most. However, do not lose sight of the fact that most breast cancers are sporadic. That is not family related. A stereotactic core biopsy of these calcification will change from indeterminate to I know what you are. Although most calcification are benign you cannot be certain until the science says so. Read more...

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

Open procedure. large cluster of microcalcification may be sign of DCIS. Here one would want a biopsy indicating that there is or is not a process of mallgnant transformation. With a core bx one gets one site to examine. In the open biopsy, after wire locatization, the entire area can be removed, examined and margins examined. If malgiancy noted adequate margins must be achieved and may need further excision. Read more...
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...

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

There could be. I would keep the appointment with the surgeon to have the lymph node and mammogram evaluated together along with his/her exam. Read more...
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...