Friday, January 15, 2010

Intranodal Calcifications on Mammography

Calcifications may be seen within intramammary or axillary lymph nodes on mammography. Differential considerations include:
  • Granulomatous disease: Histoplasmosis, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis. Usually coarse calcifications
  • Fat necrosis:
  • Metastatic disease: Rare
  • Tattoo pigments
  • Gold deposit: From gold therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Breast cancer:


Dunkin J, Hong R, and Fisher P. Axillary lymph node gold deposits. ACR Case in Point. Monday, June 18, 2007.

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