Lymphoma affecting the breast: a pictorial review of multimodal imaging findings

J Breast Cancer. 2013 Sep;16(3):254-65. doi: 10.4048/jbc.2013.16.3.254. Epub 2013 Sep 30.


Hematological malignancies rarely affect the breast, and the majority of those that do are lymphomas. In this review, we describe the clinical aspects and multimodal imaging findings of breast lymphoma. We also illustrate the key clinical and radiological findings that allow it to be distinguished from various other malignant and benign diseases of the breast. Breast lymphoma manifests as a breast mass, a change in the subcutaneous tissue or the skin, or enlargement of the associated lymph node on radiological examination. Radiological findings associated with other breast malignancies, such as calcifications, spiculations, or architectural distortions are extremely rare. Skin and subcutaneous changes frequently accompany T-cell lymphoma. Multimodal breast imaging characteristics may aid in the diagnosis of breast lymphoma.

Keywords: Breast; Computed tomography; Lymphoma; Magnetic resonance imaging; Ultrasonography.

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  • Review