Breast malignant, males, children
Childhood tumors
Breast tumors in children - General

Author: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 December 2016, last major update August 2012

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Clinical features
Cite this page: Breast tumors in children - General. website. Accessed October 24th, 2018.
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

  • Carcinoma: very rare