Authors:
S Deen, R Bedair, CJ Daniels, C Swainson
Journal name: 
BJR Case Rep
Citation info: 
1(2):20150143
Abstract: 
This paper describes an unusual radiological appearance of implanted cartilage on CT scan in a patient who had recently undergone deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy for ductal carcinoma in situ. The purpose of this paper is to alert medical practitioners involved with DIEP breast reconstruction surgery, as well as general radiologists, to the possibility of surgically implanted costal cartilage undergoing calcification and then appearing on imaging studies as a malignant process. Information on the patient was gathered from clinical records, imaging reports and pathological samples. A literature search was performed to identify similar cases and the results showed that this occurrence has never before been described and therefore represents an advancement of knowledge about the imaging characteristics of reconstructed breast tissue.
DOI: 
http://doi.org/10.1259/bjrcr.20150143
E-pub date: 
01 Aug 2015
Users with this publication listed: 
Surrin Deen