A radial sclerosing lesion mimicking breast cancer on mammography in a young woman

Masashi Furukawa, Naruto Taira, Shigemichi Iha, Tomohiro Nogami, Tadahiko Shien, Masako Omori, Hiroyoshi Doihara

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A spiculated mass on a mammogram is highly suggestive of malignancy. We report the case of a 32-year-old woman with a radial sclerosing lesion that mimicked breast cancer on mammography. She visited her physician after palpating a lump in her left breast. Mammography showed architectural distortion in the upper inner quadrant of the left breast. Ultrasonography showed a low echoic area with an ambiguous boundary. Core needle biopsy was performed because of the suspicion of malignancy. Histological examination did not reveal any malignant cells. After 6 months, the breast lump became larger and the patient was referred to our hospital. Mammography performed in our hospital showed a spiculated mass, and therefore mammotome biopsy was performed. Histological examination revealed dense fibroelastic stroma with a wide variety of mastopathic changes, leading to a diagnosis of a radial sclerosing lesion. One year after the biopsy, the lump on her left breast had disappeared and mammography showed no spiculated mass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Breast cancer
  • Mammography
  • Radial sclerosing lesion
  • Young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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