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Calcium Deposits in Breast Empty Calcium Deposits in Breast

Post  mrsamct Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:18 am

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Calcium deposits in breast is known as breast calcifications. This kind of deposits occur within the breast tissue and occupy a very small area. It is quite a common problem among women particularly after menopause. There are two different forms of breast calcifications. They are - macrocalcification and microcalcification. In macrocalcification, the calcium deposits in breast tissue appear as single dots which are quite large in size. In microcalcification, it looks like minute white specks of various sizes and shapes. They may get clustered up and may lead to breast cancer in the later stage. In general, macrocalcification is rarely cancerous.

What Causes Calcium Deposits in Breast?

Basically, calcium deposits on breast develops when crystals of calcium phosphate and collagen, a type of insoluble proteins present in tissues clump up together. It may occur in other parts of the body like the hips, shoulders, hands as well.

Usually, this is a part of the degeneration process of the breasts that may be triggered by aging, injury or inflammation of the breasts. Fibroadenomas is a harmless non-cancerous growth in the breast which is believed to be formed due to lowering in the levels of hormones in menopausal phase. Calcium deposits may occur on this structure. Breast cysts are round or oval shaped fluid filled sacs formed in women in their 30s and 40s and disappear after menopause. If they continue to exist after that, then they may get calcium deposits on them.

Other calcium deposits in breast causes are the problems associated with milk duct. Mammary duct ecstasia is one such condition where the nipple gets blocked with milk. The duct may also get blocked with milk several years back or by the tissues of breast cysts. Presence of foreign bodies like breast implants or stitches could be responsible for such problems. Read more on calcium deposit symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Calcium Deposits in Breast

These deposits are so tiny that they cannot be felt by you or even your doctor during the physical examination of the breast. It is detected on breast x-rays, also known as mammography as small white spots. The shape, size and pattern of these spots are carefully studied by the radiologist for diagnosing the breast calcification. It is further confirmed with the help of biopsy. It is a method which involves removal of a part of the affected tissue to analyze whether it is malignant or not. There are two different types of biopsy which is used for this purpose. One form of biopsy is needle core biopsy where a needle is used to collect the samples. The other one is known as surgical biopsy where a wire is inserted into the area for the same purpose. Both are done under local anesthesia.

Calcifications on fibroadenomas does not require any treatment and it disappears on its own. If the breast cysts become painful due to calcification, then draining out the fluid from it often provides relief to the patient. For mammary duct ectasia, surgical intervention is often required. Hardly, about 15-20 percent of the cases of calcium deposits in breast becomes malignant. In such cases, close monitoring of the condition is advisable. In the first one year of detection, follow up diagnostic mammogram is required after every six months. If no changes are found then it should be monitored once a year.

There is a misconception among some people that calcium deposits in breast is caused due to the intake of high amount of calcium. However, it is far from the truth and there is no connection between them. It is often being said that post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy may lead to this problem. However, there is no evidence to support this concept.


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