South African Medical Journal

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Mammographic varicosities indicative of a superior mediastinal syndrome

DM Brebner


A knowledge of the anatomy of the venous system in the female breast is important because of metastatic spread of carcinoma from the breast and because the veins provide the key to the course followed by the Iymphatics. In addition, an abnormal calibre of the superficial veins can reflect not only underrying breast pathology, but a collateral venous return resulting from an upper mediastinal obstruction. A case mammographically demonstrating mammary varicosities resulting from a superior mediastinal syndrome is described.

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