What is the role of mammography in screening reconstructed breasts for recurrence?

Updated: Jan 31, 2017
  • Author: Muhammad Neaman Siddique, MBBS; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Mammography of a reconstructed breast is a technically feasible study, and mammographic appearance of recurrences is similar to those in native breasts. Mammography has been found useful in differentiating a true recurrence from post operative fat necrosis that may also present as a lump. However, evidence in favor of routine imaging for asymptomatic women with myocutaneous breast reconstruction is contradictory. Currently, clinical breast examination is the method of choice for screening in these women.


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