Disappearing breast masses caused by compression during mammography

Radiology. 1987 Nov;165(2):327-8. doi: 10.1148/radiology.165.2.3659351.


Two cases are described in which a palpable mass and a nonpalpable mass disappeared during the performance of mammography. The disappearance is presumed to be caused by cyst rupture, resulting from the firm compression used to perform the examination. This occurrence can create confusing clinical and radiographic situations, and radiologists should be aware that occasional cyst rupture may occur.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Mammography*
  • Middle Aged
  • Rupture, Spontaneous