n SA Journal of Radiology - Diabetic mastopathy : a clinical and radiological challenge : case report

Volume 14, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1027-202X
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6778



Diabetic mastopathy is an uncommon benign fibro-inflamatory breast disease. It may mimic cancer and as such poses a diagnostic challenge. Raising awareness of this condition is essential to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention and patient anxiety. Diabetic mastopathy accounts for less than 1% of benign breast lesions. Up to 13% of long-standing insulin-dependent diabetics are affected by diabetic mastopathy. The disease is not exclusive to females. It was first reported by Soler and Khardori in 1984. Three years later, the term 'diabetic mastopathy' was given to this entity.

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