The management of radial scars of the breast - does core biopsy help?

P. D. Britton, G. C. Wishart, D. Ravichandran, S. McIntosh, L. Bobrow, A. D. Purushotham

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) with core biopsy (CB) in the pre-operative diagnosis of radial scar (RS) of the breast.

Patients and methods: A retrospective analysis was made of all radial scars diagnosed on surgical histology over an 8-year period. Comparison was made between the results of different preoperative needle biopsy techniques and surgical histology findings.

Results: Forty of 47 patients with a preoperative radiological diagnosis of radial scar were included in this analysis. Thirty-eight patients had impalpable lesions diagnosed on mammography and two presented with a palpable lump. FNAC (n=17) was inadequate in 47% of patients, missed two co-existing carcinomas found in this group, and gave a false positive or suspicious result for malignancy in 4 patients. CB (n=23) suggested a RS in 15 patients, but only diagnosed 4 out of 7 co-existing carcinomas found in this group.

Conclusion: CB is more accurate than FNAC in the diagnosis of RS. However, these data demonstrate that CB may offer little to assist in the management of patients with RS. In summary, this paper advocates the use of CB in any lesion with a radiological suspicion of carcinoma and diagnostic excision of all lesions thought to be typical of RS on mammography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-40
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Balkan Union of Oncology
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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    Britton, P. D., Wishart, G. C., Ravichandran, D., McIntosh, S., Bobrow, L., & Purushotham, A. D. (2002). The management of radial scars of the breast - does core biopsy help? Journal of Balkan Union of Oncology, 7(2), 137-40. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17577277