Metastases to the breast from extramammary malignancies - PET/CT findings

Ana P. Benveniste, Edith M. Marom, Marcelo F. Benveniste, Osama R. Mawlawi, Roberto N. Miranda, Wei Yang

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Detection of incidental malignant lesions in the breast has a significant clinical impact not only on healthy individuals but also on patients with known malignant disease. This review describes a spectrum of metastatic breast lesions incidentally detected by FDG PET-CT at staging that may be misinterpreted as second primary malignancy. The common non-mammary malignancies that metastasize to the breast include melanoma, hematopoietic malignancies and epithelial cancers. We present the FDG PET-CT features of incidental non-mammary metastases to the breast that may help distinguish primary breast cancer from metastatic disease and aid in the management of patients with a known malignancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1112
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Breast
  • Metastases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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