GAMUT I-10-4
BREAST CALCIFICATIONS - LINEAR


COMMON
1. Arterial  (Mönckeberg's medial sclerosis  and atherosclerosis)
2. Carcinoma (intraductal)  
3. Fibrocystic change with "milk of calcium" crystals in cyst fluid
*4. Plasma cell mastitis  (periductal mastitis; secretory disease)


UNCOMMON
1. Parasites (Loa Loa ; Dracunculus medinensis (guinea worm) (serpiginous outline in subcutaneous tissues of breast)


* May occasionally show dense, regular, elongated, linear, or branching intraductal calcifications as well as more common large, smooth, dense, round, or oval calcifications.




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