Case Report

Calcinosis circumscripta of the breasts: The deeper meaning

Tanusha Sewchuran, Joel M. Kabeya
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 27, No 1 | a2730 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v27i1.2730 | © 2023 Tanusha Sewchuran, Joel M. Kabeya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 2023 | Published: 27 September 2023

About the author(s)

Tanusha Sewchuran, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Health, Greys Hospital, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Joel M. Kabeya, Department of Radiology, Greys Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Abstract

Calcinosis circumscripta involving the breasts usually hints at an underlying systemic cause, most commonly connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma or dermatomyositis. Localised scleroderma, also known as morphoea, is not usually associated with the systemic anomalies affecting the lungs and gastrointestinal system, but does manifest as calcified dermal and subdermal sclerotic plaques. Histological confirmation with skin biopsy is diagnostic.

Contribution: Recognition of the atypical, bizarre, linear dystrophic calcifications on mammography should direct appropriate systemic investigations.


Keywords

calcinosis circumscripta; breast calcinosis; benign breasts calcification; mammography; HRCT

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