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Breast J. 1999 Jan;5(1):26-28.

Breast Biopsies with ABBI(R): Experience with 183 Attempted Biopsies.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York.


When first introduced, the advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (ABBI(R)) system seemed to have many advantages as a diagnostic procedure. Problems have arisen, however, both in terms of patient unsuitability and mechanical failure. In addition, there has been uncertainty as to whether the complete lesion removal it afforded could be considered definitive treatment in malignant cases. Incision margins were looked at to investigate that possibility. Of the 183 patients we saw in our first year of experience with ABBI, 48 (26%) were rejected for being poor candidates for it. In the remaining 132 biopsies there were 31 (23%) technical difficulties. All told, 14 malignancies were discovered, all of which appeared to have pathology-free incision margins radiologically. However, 13 of these 14 (93%) proved on pathologic examination to have residual malignancy.

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