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Benign microcalcification (1)


This section along with benign microcalcification (2) and benign microcalcification (3) pulls together many of the more common benign causes of breast microcalcification. These are new examples of the conditions in question - more can be found on the relevant 'benign' pages elsewhere on the site and cross-links are given frequently.





See also practice points, benign microcalcification (2) and malignant microcalcification 1 & 2



Sclerosing adenosis



See also
pseudoinfiltrative lesions/sclerosing adenosis


Sclerosing adenosis
Sclerosing adenosis - calcs


Sclerosing adenosis - Mammograms
(CC view, left; oblique view, right)
Courtesy of Jim Walsh & Pat Forrest
Sclerosing adenosis - Mammogram Sclerosing adenosis - Mammogram

Sclerosing adenosis - cropped view of above mammogram
Sclerosing adenosis - cropped mammogram



Sclerosing adenosis
Sclerosing adenosis - calcs Sclerosing adenosis - measurements of luminal calcs



Apocrine metaplasia




See also benign proliferative disease/apocrine metaplasia



Phosphate microcalcs:



Apocrine metaplasia - specimen x ray of core biopsy (substantially magnified)
Apocrine metaplasia - specimen x ray of core biopsy

Apocrine metaplasia - phosphate microcalcs (arrows)
Apocrine metaplasia with microcalcs



Apocrine metaplasia in a core biopsy (low power) - phosphate microcalcs - Example 2
Apocrine metaplasia with very frequent microcalcs


Apocrine metaplasia - phosphate microcalcs (high power) - Example 2
Apocrine metaplasia with microcalcs


Oxalate microcalcs:


Differences between phosphate and oxalate calcs in the breast (after Carter)
  Phosphate Oxalate
White light Yes No
Polarised No Yes
Benign Yes Yes
Malignant Yes ? No
Ducts Yes Yes
Stroma Yes No


Apocrine metaplasia - oxalate microcalcs (example 1) - more difficult to see in this medium power view than in the low power view (below, left)
Apocrine metaplasia with microcalcs


Apocrine metaplasia and oxalate calcs (example 1)
(low power - left & polarised light - right)
Apocrine metaplasia - oxalate calcs Apocrine metaplasia - oxalate calcs - polarised light



Apocrine metaplasia - oxalate microcalcs (example 2)
Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate microcalcs


Apocrine metaplasia and oxalate calcs (example 2) (low power - left & polarised right)
Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate calcs Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate calcs - polarised light


Apocrine metaplasia - oxalate microcalcs (example 3) - specimen x ray
Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate microcalcs - specimen x ray


Apocrine metaplasia and oxalate calcs (example 3)
High power left & polarised light right
Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate calcs Apocrine metaplasia with oxalate calcs - polarised light


Apocrine metaplasia & oxalate calcs (example 4). 'Mouse over' to see the polarised image.
Oxalate calcs and apocrine metaplasia - polarised light


Columnar cell change



See also columnar cell change.


Columnar cell change with intra-epithelial calc
Columnar cell change - calcs



Columnar cell change with granular microcalcification in a fibro-vascular core
Columnar cell change - calcs

Columnar cell change with intra-epithelial (left - arrows) and periductal (right) calcs
Columnar cell change - calcs Columnar cell change - periductal calcs


Columnar cell change with single fine luminal calc

Columnar cell change - luminal calcs


Radial scars and complex sclerosing lesions



See also Radial scars.



Mammogram with radial scar (left - white arrow) and calcs (cropped right - red arrows) - Courtesy of Jim Walsh and Pat Forrest
Mammogram with radial scar Mammogram with radial scar
Radial scar
Radial scar - low power

Radial scar and luminal calc (blue box) in area of usual hyperplasia
Radial scar with luminal microcalcs

Radial scar and luminal calc (arrow) in area of usual hyperplasia from image above
Radial scar with luminal microcalcs


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