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Breast malignant, males, children

Childhood tumors

Breast tumors in children - general

Reviewer: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 17 November 2012, last major update August 2012
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See also thelarche, pubertal macromastia, and other topics in Breast-nonmalignant chapter

Clinical features

● Malignant disease is rare; most patients require only clinical examination and reassurance
● Fine needle aspiration or core biopsy is usually adequate (Eur J Pediatr Surg 2006;16:303, Acta Cytol 2008;52:681)
● Most common benign lesions are fibroadenoma, juvenile fibroadenoma and virginal hypertrophy (J Indian Med Assoc 2001;99:619)
● Masses may also be due to normal or abnormal breast development (physiological masses usually regress, Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi 2008;88:2556), infection, trauma or cysts

Unilateral breast development:
● Common
● May resemble a mass
● May exist as long as 2 years before other breast becomes palpable

Fibrocystic disease:
● Rare

● Very rare

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