[Breast micro-opacities of lead origin mimicking microcalcifications].

Service de Radiologie, Centre Paul-Papin, Angers.
Journal de Radiologie (Impact Factor: 0.57). 05/1995; 76(4):213-5.
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ABSTRACT After a surgical excision of focal mammary "microcalcification" we noticed that in fact they represented fine lead deposits (mean diameter: 100 microns) resulting from an attempted suicide (22 long rifle) 10 years previously. The leaded nature of these foreign microbodies was demonstrated by a micro-analysis by energy dispersion on histological slides.

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