Skin calcification in breast
Citation, DOI and article data
Skin calcifications in the breast usually form in dermal sweat glands after low grade folliculitis and inspissation of sebaceous material. Calcifications may also form in moles and other skin lesions. Often, these calcifications are in groups as they extend into small glands in the skin. Occasionally, tangential views are performed to verify that questionable calcifications are located in the skin.
Dermal calcifications are usually related to a chronic inflammatory process such as folliculitis.
- are often of round or oval shape
- can have lucent centers
- they may maintain the same relationship to each other on multiple mammographic views this appearance is called the tattoo sign 3-4
- tangential view may be required to confirm dermal origin
- have a lacelike pattern when associated with moles
- they tend to be widely scattered
- consider artifactual breast calcification on skin from deodorants
- 1. Cardeñosa G. Breast imaging. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2003) ISBN:078174685X. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 2. Conant EF, Brennecke CM. Breast imaging, case review. Mosby Inc. (2006) ISBN:0323017460. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 3. Homer MJ, D'orsi CJ, Sitzman SB. Dermal calcifications in fixed orientation: the tattoo sign. Radiology. 1994;192 (1): 161-3. Radiology (abstract) - Pubmed citation
- 4. Loffman felman RL. The tattoo sign. Radiology. 2002;223 (2): 481-2. doi:10.1148/radiol.2232000107 - Pubmed citation