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The atypical form of granulomatous lobular mastitis – diagnostic dilemmas. A case report

Andrzej Lorek, Wojciech Zarębski, Katarzyna Steinhof-Radwańska, Maciej Kajor, Agnieszka Boratyn-Nowicka, Joanna Lorek
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2020.0016
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(2):69-72.

open access

Vol 70, No 2 (2020)
Case report
Published online: 2020-04-07

Abstract

Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a chronic inflammatory condition that may cause diagnostic difficulties during clinical tests and radiological examinations in terms of differentiation from contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB) and fungal infections, as well as cancer. This report presents the case of a 23-year-old woman with granulomatous mastitis, along with a discussion of the diagnostic dilemmas based on a clinical test, mammography, ultrasonography and histopathological examination. IGM produces varied and non-specific manifestations on mammography and ultra­sonography. Therefore, histopathological examination is necessary to make an unambiguous diagnosis. The possibility of this condition must always be borne in mind to minimise the risk of an erroneous cancer diagnosis. There are no standard procedures in force for the treatment of IGM.

Abstract

Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a chronic inflammatory condition that may cause diagnostic difficulties during clinical tests and radiological examinations in terms of differentiation from contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB) and fungal infections, as well as cancer. This report presents the case of a 23-year-old woman with granulomatous mastitis, along with a discussion of the diagnostic dilemmas based on a clinical test, mammography, ultrasonography and histopathological examination. IGM produces varied and non-specific manifestations on mammography and ultra­sonography. Therefore, histopathological examination is necessary to make an unambiguous diagnosis. The possibility of this condition must always be borne in mind to minimise the risk of an erroneous cancer diagnosis. There are no standard procedures in force for the treatment of IGM.

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Keywords

granulomatous mastitis; breast cancer

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Title

The atypical form of granulomatous lobular mastitis – diagnostic dilemmas. A case report

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 70, No 2 (2020)

Pages

69-72

Published online

2020-04-07

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2020.0016

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2020;70(2):69-72.

Keywords

granulomatous mastitis
breast cancer

Authors

Andrzej Lorek
Wojciech Zarębski
Katarzyna Steinhof-Radwańska
Maciej Kajor
Agnieszka Boratyn-Nowicka
Joanna Lorek

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