Breast lesions in women aged younger than 30 years: clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management

Haley R. Clark, Kanwal A. Merchant, Lena A. Omar, Lindsay M. Compton, Jody C. Hayes

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Abstract

Women aged younger than 30 years frequently present with palpable breast lesions, breast pain, and nipple discharge. Diagnostic work-up often results in benign findings, including a variety of benign solid masses, infectious or inflammatory conditions, pregnancy- or lactation-related abnormalities, and normal variants. While rare, breast cancer can occur within this demographic, and it is often more advanced and aggressive than in older women. Other rare tumors can present within this patient demographic, including primary sarcoma of the breast and granular cell tumors. A knowledge of the clinical presentation, diagnostic approach, and management of this spectrum of pathologic entities is crucial to ensure optimal and cost-effective care within this patient demographic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Breast Imaging
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Breast mass
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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