Breast nonmalignant
Nonneoplastic changes
Galactocele of breast



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Revised: 30 May 2019

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PubMed Search: Galactocele [title] breast


Monika Roychowdhury, M.D.
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Cite this page: Roychowdhury M Galactocele of breast. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/breastgalactocele.html. Accessed June 19th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Milk filled retention cyst beneath areola, common in young women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Due to abrupt cessation of lactation
Essential features
  • Milk filled retention cyst due to blockade of breast duct
  • Occurs in young women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Mass lesion on imaging, mimics lipoma or cancer (history is helpful)
  • FNA / histology shows fat / protein contents, inflammation, debris and secretory epithelial cells
  • Benign; diagnostic aspiration may be curative
Etiology
  • Blockage of breast duct due to lactation
Radiology description
  • Mammogram: oval circumscribed mass with high radiolucency due to high fat content (mimics lipoma)
Radiology images

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Nodule

Case reports
Treatment
  • Aspiration or no treatment
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Dilated, anastomosing, epithelium lined channels, often with secretory activity
  • Cyst contents may leak into adjacent tissue and cause lipogranulomatous reaction with foamy macrophages (J Cutan Pathol 2010;37:973)
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27 year old woman with 1.5 cm nontender breast nodule and FNAC

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