Nonpalpable ductal carcinoma in situ versus infiltrating carcinoma of the breast - Can they be differentiated by mammography?

G. Hermann, R. J. Keller, K. Halton, I. Schwartz, J. G. Rabinowitz, P. Tartter

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Abstract

The radiologic patterns of 193 consecutive women with nonpalpable breast carcinoma were evaluated. The results were correlated with patient age and with the histopathologic diagnosis. Of the 193 women in the study, 135 (70%) were older than 50 years; 102 women had ductal carcinoma in situ, and 67 (62%) of them were over age 50; the remaining 91 women had infiltrating carcinoma, and 73 (80%) of these patients were older than 50 years. Of the 58% of women who presented with microcalcifications, 75% had ductal carcinoma in situ and 25% infiltrating carcinoma. Of the 36% of patients who presented with a mass, 87% had infiltrating carcinoma and 90% were over age 50. Six percent presented with a mass with microcalcifications; 75% of these masses were found to be infiltrating carcinoma. Most of the masses were infiltrating carcinoma, and of these 90% were high-density masses. The small number of masses representing ductal carcinoma in situ were proportionately of low density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-222
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Association of Radiologists Journal
Volume42
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • breast carcinoma
  • ductal carcinoma in situ
  • infiltrating carcinoma

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