Diffusion-weighted imaging is helpful in the accurate non-invasive diagnosis of breast abscess: Correlation with necrotic breast cancer

Cuiyan Wang, Mohammad Eghtedari, Wei Tse Yang, Basak Erguvan Dogan

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Clinical differentiation of atypical breast abscesses from necrotic tumour in premenopausal women is challenging and may delay appropriate therapy. In this case report, we present a 36-year-old woman with signs, symptoms and conventional imaging features of malignancy who underwent breast MRI. On diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), profoundly low apparent diffusion coefficient values were a distinguishing sign of breast abscess from necrotic breast cancer, and helped manage the patient conservatively. We present a companion case of necrotic breast tumour highlighting significant differences in DWI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number217634
JournalBMJ Case Reports
StatePublished - Mar 22 2018



  • breast cancer
  • cancer - see oncology
  • infectious diseases
  • radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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