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Calcium buildup in the breast tissue

16th Nov 2016

Breast augmentation is a medical decision and a very personal one. Improvement in breast appearance can increase the self-esteem of the patient, hence offering her an opportunity to live a better, richer life. The most important step in making an objective and informed decision to undergo breast surgery is knowing all of the technological possibilities and the advantages of modern medicine, as well as understanding the risks.

Breast calcification, or the calcium buildup in the breast tissue, is a serious condition among women, and if not properly treated, can lead to severe complications.

In some cases, the calcium can build up at the level of the mammary tissues, especially for menopausal women. There are two types of breast tissue calcification: micro calcification and macro calcification. In macro calcification, the calcium deposits appear as large spots. In micro calcification, they are of different sizes and shapes.

In rare cases, the calcium buildup in the breast tissue can lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.

 

The Causes of Breast Tissue Calcification

There are several causes of the calcification of the breast tissue. When the calcium phosphate crystals and the collagen begin to deposit in the tissues, the calcium accumulations appear. These deposits can occur at breast level and in other areas of the body such as the hips, shoulders, and hands.

The calcium buildup is a part of the degenerative process caused by aging, wounds, or inflammation at breast level. The calcium deposits can also occur in breasts with breasts implants.

Fibroadenomas are non-cancerous tumors which develop in the mammary glands, especially during menopause, when we register a decrease in hormonal production. Calcium deposits can occur in these tumors.

 

Calcium Buildup and Breast Augmentation Surgery

As with any type of surgery, whether or not it is performed for cosmetic purposes, the breast enhancement surgery comes with risks and potential complications. Aside from risks such as capsular contracture, which is specific to this type of surgery, there is the possibility of developing delay wound healing, bad scarring, infections, fluid accumulation, and hematomas.

The calcification of the breast tissue is only a minor risk. The calcium deposits in the tissues around the breast implant don’t commonly occur. When calcium deposits appear, the differential diagnosis with the lesions with oncological risk is decided with the help of mammograms and other diagnostic methods. Occasionally, it will be necessary to extract small particles from the breast tissue to examine the formation for cancer. In many cases, this procedure will be performed without removing the breast implant.

Calcium buildup in the breast tissue may not be related to the breast augmentation surgery. Most women who are affected by calcium buildup have not had breast augmentation surgery.

Capsular contracture is a type of complication that can be caused by breast implants only.

 

Diagnosing and Treating the Calcium Buildup in the Breast Tissues

The calcium deposits in the breast tissue will take up a small area of the tissue. These deposits can’t be felt or detected by either you or the doctor through touch. The calcium build-up is only visible when performing an X-ray.

The mammography can also detect the calcium deposits, which look like small white spots. The shape and the size of the calcium deposits will be then studied by the doctor, who can properly diagnose this health issue.

The diagnosis can be confirmed with the help of a biopsy. This involves the removal of a small part of tissue from the affected mammary tissue and analyzing it to see if the deposits are malignant or benign.

Calcified fibroadenomas don’t really require any type of treatment. In time, they will disappear on their own. If the mammary cysts become painful due to the calcium deposits, the doctor will decide to drain the liquid that is in these deposits. In some cases, when the mammary conducts are being blocked, a surgical intervention may be needed to correct the issue.

It is important to keep in mind that only 15% of the calcium buildup in the tissues becomes malignant. This is why doctors recommend that patients not panic, but instead wait for the final diagnosis from the specialist. It is also crucial for the treatment prescribed by the doctor to be followed to the letter, and for the patient to go regularly for checkups and X-rays to monitor the situation.

 

Conclusion

The surgical procedure of breast augmentation is not risk-free. While the potential complications are minor and rarely are fatal, they should be carefully considered before making the decision to undergo surgery. It is important to remember that the calcium buildup in the breast tissue is a condition that can occur whether or not you have breast implants.

While many people believe that the calcium deposits at the breast tissue level are caused by an excess of calcium in the body, the experts all agree that there is no connection between calcium consumption and the deposits in the breast tissue. Experts have also agreed that hormonal treatments for menopausal women are not to blame for these calcium deposits. More than this, women going through menopause need to make calcium-rich food part of their diet, foods such as dairy products and cheese. This will help to prevent osteoporosis.

 


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