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Breast pain and imaging
Diagn Interv Imaging
2211-5684 (Electronic)2211-5684 (Linking)
Balleyguier, CArfi-Rouche, JHaddag, LCanale, SDelaloge, SDromain, CengFrance2015/10/07 06:00Diagn Interv Imaging. 2015 Oct;96(10):1009-16. doi: 10.1016/j.diii.2015.08.002. Epub 2015 Oct 2.
Breast pain is a common reason for consultation and a source of anxiety for patients. Cyclical breast pain can be distinguished from non-cyclical pain and breast pain with other symptoms. Many causes, usually benign are possible and the clinical enquiry and physical examination are essential to establish predisposing factors. Although imaging is not always needed for isolated breast pain, it is still useful for the diagnosis of specific causes such as tension cysts, giant adenofibromas or Mondor's thrombophlebitis. Ultrasound is the first line investigation before mammography, MRI or biopsy, which may be indicated for suspicious abnormalities. Some cancers may be associated with pain, which implies that radiologists and physicians should always take breast pain seriously.
Adolescent, Adult, Breast Diseases/*complications/*diagnosis, Decision Trees, Diagnostic Imaging, Female, Humans, Mastodynia/*etiology, Middle Aged
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