Topic: Interpreting Benign Pathology Intraductal Microcalcifications

Forum: Benign Breast Conditions — A safe place to discuss benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions.

Posted on: May 10, 2022 04:13PM

Posted on: May 10, 2022 04:13PM

skidiamond41 wrote:

Hello all first time poster. I am a 39F classified as high risk with a 40% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer due to family history (no gene mutations) and previous biopsy result of Usual Ductal Hyperplasia (my understanding slightly increases risk). I go in for 6 month screenings for the last 4 years; rotating MRI and mammogram.

I had a biopsy in 2018 for microcalcifications that resulted in in Proliferative fibrocystic changes with central area of dense fibrosis, duct ectasia, usual ductal hyperplasia and multifocal associated calcifications, NO In Situ or invasive malignancy.

Most recent MRI resulted in Bi-rads 4 and MRI guided biopsy. I received quite vague results on path report today (my recent one was far more descriptive). I asked the nurse what it meant and all she said was that the Microcalcifications is what was making the MRI light up... I asked her if it mentioned hyperplasia and she said no mention of it and shared the report with. I have inquired if there is a more in-depth report as I like to keep informed. I'd like to have a better understanding of this to weigh my options proceeding into the future as the 40% risk already gives me anxiety and now add multiple biopsies on the same breast. I suffer from anxiety so this doesn't help me. Can someone provide a little insight on what "rare focus of intraductal microcalcifications" means?

Most recent report has final diagnosis as:

Right breast, 16 mm area of nonmass-like enhancement, MRI-guided Suros 9 gauge vacuum assisted needle core biopsies:

- Fibrofatty breast tissue with rare focus of intraductal microcalcification.,

- Negative for atypia and malignancy.

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May 10, 2022 04:20PM moderators wrote:

Hi skidiamond4, and welcome to!

We're so sorry for the worries that bring you here, but we're really glad you found us and decided to post. Others will be by shortly to weigh in with their thoughts and experience. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to check out our page on Understanding Breast Calcifications.

We hope this helps. Please keep us posted on any further info you receive.

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May 10, 2022 05:57PM serenitystat wrote:

skidiamond - Your post got buried after the onslaught of posts from the mods, so I’m just bumping you up. Do you have an appointment to discuss your report results?

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May 10, 2022 08:05PM skidiamond41 wrote:

thank you for bumping it up. I am thinking I might request a meeting with a dr at the breast care center in my hospital system. My primary isn’t very familiar with this stuff and won’t be able to answer my questions. So maybe a referral to a breast dr to chat big picture is in store

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