Allergic etiology of benign fibrocystic changes of the breast.


We postulate that fibrocystic changes in the female breast are the end result of a series of biochemical events initiated by the mast cell degranulation products histamine and heparin. Two mechanisms are proposed which could lead to mast cell degranulation in breast tissue. First, low progesterone levels lead to decreased intracellular cAMP levels in mast… (More)


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