Spectrum of Imaging Findings in Paget’s Disease of the Breast—A Pictorial Review

Smiti Sripathi, Anurag Ayachit, Rajagopal Kadavigere, Sandeep Kumar, Asha Eleti, Aron Sraj

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Purpose: We aimed to demonstrate imaging features of Paget’s disease of breast, which is an extremely uncommon malignancy that presents with changes in the nipple-areolar region that may or may not be associated with an underlying in situ component or invasive cancer. Methods and Results: Mammography is the initial investigation of choice, having a high sensitivity especially in cases where a palpable mass is present. The addition of ultrasound improves the accuracy of mammography. When both mammography and ultrasound are negative, MRI may detect an underlying mass or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Conclusion: The surgical management of Paget’s disease includes mastectomy with or without axillary dissection, though breast conservation surgery in the form of wide local excision can also be done in a selected group of patients. Management should be based on both clinical and imaging findings, including mammography and ultrasound, with MRI playing a crucial role in defining the extent of involvement. Teaching Points • To differentiate Paget’s disease from other chronic skin conditions. • Mammographic and ultrasound findings of histopathologically established Paget’s disease. • When ultrasound and mammogram are negative, MRI may detect underlying malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-429
Number of pages11
JournalInsights into Imaging
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29-08-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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