Suture calcification in breast

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 11 Nov 2018

Suture calcification in breast can be seen after a lumpectomy and/or radiation therapy. It is theorized that tissue damage from radiation therapy delays the resorption of the suture. The residual suture material is thought to act as a nidus for calcification.

Radiographic features

Mammography

Sutural calcification may be seen as:

  • smooth, linear or curvilinear calcification forming loops
  • calcified knots: can be a characteristic feature

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