Which benign pathologies may mimic malignant breast cancer on magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Benign pathologies that may mimic malignant enhancement include the following (false positive):

  • Cyclical physiologic parenchymal enhancement

  • Fibroadenoma

  • Sclerosing adenosis

  • Florid epithelial hyperplasia

  • Lobular carcinoma in situ

  • Infection

  • Fat necrosis

  • Posttreatment scarring and/or granulation tissue

  • Intraductal papilloma

  • Radial scar and/or complex sclerosing lesion

  • Silicone granuloma


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