Which findings on magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI) are characteristic of juvenile papillomatosis?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Juvenile papillomatosis is an uncommon condition seen in young women. It may produce an appearance of multiple masses with marked distortion on mammograms. On MRI, this may appear as a network of enhancing, beadlike nodules that are connected by enhancing ducts. Alternatively, they may appear as a lobulated, enhancing mass with small internal cysts.

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Juvenile papillomatosis. This young woman presente Juvenile papillomatosis. This young woman presented with vague thickening in the right breast. A, Mammogram shows a large poorly defined area of bizarre architectural distortion in the medial right aspect of the breast on this coned compression view. B, Sonograms show a large area of poorly defined, irregular, hypoechoic change with multiple ill-defined rounded hypoechoic lesions. C, MRIs show that these masses interconnected nodular enhancing lesions with lobulated boundaries. Surgical excision confirmed juvenile papillomatosis.

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