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Diagnosing inflammatory breast cancer(IBC).

Posted Sep 22 2011 11:14am

Mammography, MRI or ultrasound often show suspicious signs; however in a significant proportion of cases they would miss a diagnosis.Clinical presentation is typical only in 50-75% of cases; and many other conditions such as mastitis or even heart insufficiency can mimic the typical symptoms of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.Response to antibiotic treatment or steroids does not rule out presence of IBC. Therefore, a biopsy should always be pursued.

Andrea Molckovsky , MD et al, Approach to inflammatory breast cancer Canadian Family PhysicianJanuary 2009 vol. 55 no. 1


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International expert panel on inflammatory breast cancer: consensus statement for standardized diagnosis and treatment.Ann Oncol. 2011 Mar;22(3):515-23., breast/MRI, BINV-B

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