Fat Necrosis

Publication Title: 
International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics

PURPOSE: To investigate the incidence of and variables associated with clinically evident fat necrosis in women treated on a protocol of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy alone without external-beam whole-breast irradiation for early-stage breast carcinoma. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From 6/1997 until 8/1999, 30 women diagnosed with Stage I or II breast carcinoma underwent surgical excision and postoperative irradiation via HDR brachytherapy implant as part of a multi-institutional clinical Phase I/II protocol.

Author(s): 
Wazer, D. E.
Lowther, D.
Boyle, T.
Ulin, K.
Neuschatz, A.
Ruthazer, R.
DiPetrillo, T. A.
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine

Subcutaneous fat necrosis, though a rare phenomenon, can occur in patients of all ages. In newborns, it is an uncommon, self-limited panniculitis of traumatic origin, while in adults it is most commonly encountered among women presenting to breast clinics following a trivial or unnoticed injury sustained long ago. An acute presentation of fat necrosis as a large mass, however, is quite unusual and that may confuse the observer. History of trauma gives a clue to the diagnosis.

Author(s): 
Hanif, Zulfiqar
Ahmad, Muhammad
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