I just got a copy of my mammogram report but I would like to know what do these terms mean. what does retroareolar fibroglandular parenchyma mean and benign appearing calcific elements and bilateral axillary lymph nodes? Thank you for your help
Dear Millie65, Retroareolar fibroglandular parenchyma is referring to the breast tissue behind the areola. Benign appearing calcific elements would mean that some calcified areas are seen but they are benign (not cancerous or suspicious looking). and bilateral axillary lymphnodes - are the lymph nodes under the arm on both sides.
All of these terms are descriptors. There is usually a statement at the beginning or end of the report that summarizes or interprets these findings.
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