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Breast MR for the Evaluation of Occult Nipple Discharge

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Pathologic nipple discharge often presents a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma for clinicians. We present two patients with pathologic nipple discharge in whom breast MR facilitated preoperative identification of and management of otherwise occult index lesions. Breast MR should be considered in the toolbox for evaluation of occult nipple discharge when other available strategies have failed to demonstrate an underlying etiology for the pathologic discharge. The use of breast MR in this setting may permit directed evaluation and management of potentially malignant lesions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery, and the 2: Department of Radiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida; and the 3: Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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