This is typical appearance of fat necrosis post surgery. The ultrasound image of the exact same area of fat necrosis seen in the MLO view above. The orientation is along the long axis of the fat necrosis, obliquely along the breast.
Fat necrosis is a condition that occurs when a person experiences an injury to an area of fatty tissue. This can result in the fat being replaced with the oily contents of fat cells. The term "necrosis" means the cells have died.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Medicine Published in Radiology research and…. Although mammography is more specific, ultrasound is a very important tool in making the diagnosis of fat necrosis.
Fat necrosis associated with the use of oral anticoagulant therapy: atypical mammographic findings. We report the case of a year-old female with systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis, antiphospholipid syndrome, and deep vein thrombosis, who was being treated with an oral anticoagulant and a corticosteroid, as well as receiving immunosuppressive therapy. Her international normalized ratio was between 2 and 3, and she presented with recurrent spontaneous hematomas.
Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging, Vol. Mammographic and sonographic features of fat necrosis of the breast. Department of Radiology, K.
Imaging features of fat necrosis vary depending on its stage of evolution and can mimic malignancy in late stages. Imaging may suffice to differentiate fat necrosis in the early stages from malignancy and thus avoid unnecessary biopsy. The follow-up imaging features of fat necrosis which mirror its pathophysiological evolution have also been demonstrated.
If you feel a lump in your breast, it may be fat necrosis. Fat necrosis is a lump of dead or damaged breast tissue that sometimes appears after breast surgery, radiation, or another trauma. You should tell your doctor about any lumps you feel in your breast.
Fat Necrosis is a pseudo-mass which may develop within the breast, often presenting as a lump which a woman discovers herself. Sometimes fat necrosis only shows up on a screening mammogram. Fat necrosis almost always occurs as an after effect of surgery of the breast.
It is a benign inflammatory process and is becoming increasingly common with the greater use of breast conserving surgery and mammoplasty procedures. Most at risk are middle-aged women with pendulous breasts. The onset of fat necrosis can be considerably delayed, occurring 10 years or more after surgery 3.
Breasts are mostly made up of fatty tissue, and if that tissue is damaged by injury, surgery, or radiation therapy, a lump can form. This is called fat necrosis. The condition can be frightening because the lump can both feel like breast cancer and look like a tumor on a mammogram. But fat necrosis is a benign non-cancerous condition.