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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 946317, 2 pages
Case Report

Arterial Microcalcifications in the Breast Mimicking Malignancy

1Praxis für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Bollwerk 35, 3011 Berne, Switzerland
2Praxis für Histopathologie, Postfach 350, 3000 Berne 22, Switzerland

Received 5 October 2011; Accepted 2 November 2011

Academic Editor: P. K. Vanhoenacker

Copyright © 2012 Katrin Janzen and Jan Janzen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Microcalcifications in the breast are highly suggestive of malignancy; they can occur in many pathological conditions. A 36-years-old nondiabetic woman came to the gynaecologist with a suspect palpable mass in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast. Histopathological examination confirmed a calcification of a small artery (diameter: 0.45 mm). Arterial calcifications can mimic a malignant lesion in the breast.