What are the nonspecific findings on postsurgical breast ultrasonography?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018
  • Author: Susan Ackerman, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Ultrasonographic findings can be nonspecific, unless the lesion has the characteristics of a simple cyst. For example, benign pathology such as fat necrosis and scarring can mimic cancer on sonograms. Both can be hypoechoic or hyperechoic, and they can appear as irregular, hypoechoic masses with acoustic shadowing. Thus, because of the overlap between benign and malignant disease, a thorough workup of the abnormalities is needed. Indeterminate or suspicious findings may warrant tissue sampling.


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