Sonoelastography findings for idiopathic granulomatous mastitis

Durur-Karakaya A., Durur-Subasi I., AKÇAY M. N., ŞİPAL S., Guvendi B.

Japanese Journal of Radiology, vol.33, no.1, pp.33-38, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11604-014-0378-x
  • Journal Name: Japanese Journal of Radiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-38
  • Keywords: Elastic diameter, Elasticity score, Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis, Sonoelastography, Strain ratio
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Objectives: In this paper we describe sonoelastography findings for idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM), the clinical and radiological features of which often mimic those of breast carcinoma.Materials and methods: In this retrospective study, sonoelastography findings for patients with pathologically proved IGM were studied. Twenty-seven patients with pathologically proved IGM were enrolled in the study. All were female, and the mean age was 37.81 years (standard deviation 7.10 years; range 24 to 56 years). Elasticity scores (ES), strain ratios (SR), and elastic diameters (ED) were evaluated for the lesions.Results: Ten lesions (37.0 %) were diffuse, six (22.2 %) were tubular, six (22.2 %) were a mass, and five (18.5 %) were cystic in appearance on ultrasonography. On sonoelastography, mean ES ± standard deviation was 1.66 ± 0.55 (between 1.00 and 3.00); mean SR ± standard deviation was 1.10 ± 0.79 (between 0.29 and 4.00). ED was no different between grey-scale and sonoelastogram images.Conclusions: The features of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis suggest it is benign in nature.