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Paget’s Disease of the Breast

Paget’s Disease of the Breast

  • Diagnosis can be confirmed with a punch biopsy the nipple areolar complex.
  • Classically present with eczematous changes of the nipple which can progress to bleeding and ulceration.
  • More than 90% of patients have underlying carcinoma (in situ or invasive)
  • Cancer involving skin and nipple.
  • Treatment: mastectomy traditionally. ¬†But could be nipple areolar excision with central lumpectomy with radiation therapy (breast conservation therapy) – similar results.
  • 50% of patients with Paget’s disease will present with palpable mass.
  • May be a role for MRI – deeper breast tissue disease may be missed radiographically and MRI can help detect.

What is breast conservation therapy?

A lesser amount of surgery than mastectomy.  Lumpectomy

Paget’s diease of the breast is also known as?

  • Paget’s disease of the nipple
  • Mammary paget disease