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Malays J Pathol. 1991 Dec;13(2):101-4.

Fibroadenomatoid mastopathy: another distractive breast lesion?

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.


Although most anatomical pathologists have encountered breast lesions with the composite histological features of fibroadenoma (FA) and fibrocystic change (FC), referred to as fibroadenomatosis or fibroadenomatoid mastopathy (FAM), little is known about its prevalence or clinico-pathological significance. In a retrospective histological review of 400 consecutive breast lesions, among both East and West Malaysians, coded either as FA or FC in the files of the Department of Pathology, University of Malaya, we found 45 (11.3%) cases of FAM. Typically, FAM lesions showed fibroadenomatoid foci in a background of fibrocystic change. The finding of FAM among lesions coded as FC was higher (18.5%) than among FA (4%). The mean age of patients with FAM (32.1 years) was similar to FC (35.1 years) but significantly older than that of FA (26.1 years). The notion that FA and FC are lesions at two ends of a spectrum of growth disorder of breast related to oestrogen-progesterone interplay, and that FAM occupies a position intermediate between the two, may explain its morphological and age patterns, but remains speculative. It is hoped that increasing awareness of this condition will lead to better understanding of breast pathophysiology. Nevertheless, until its biological nature, histogenesis and malignant potential are more clearly understood, defining FAM as a distinct form of breast disease may not be meaningful to patient management.

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