Fibrous mastopathy in insulin dependent diabetics

W. I.H. Garstin, Z. Kaufman, M. J. Michell, M. Baum

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The cases of two poorly controlled insulin dependent diabetic women, presenting with hard discrete breast lumps clinically suspicious of carcinoma are presented. Mammography revealed dense dysplastic parenchymal changes with no specific features of carcinoma and ultrasound showed acoustic shadowing but no discrete mass. Excision biopsy of these lumps was performed. Histologically they were benign, and were composed of fibrous tissue with a chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate. With better awareness of fibrous mastopathy which can occur in this group of diabetic patients, and with the absence of specific radiological features of malignancy, some of these women may be observed and spared excision biopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-91
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes


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