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Acta Cytol. 2002 Jan-Feb;46(1):19-24.

Improved breast cytology results with near patient FNA diagnosis.

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Breast Care Centre, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. hamill@clear.net.nz

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the impact of a cytopathologist using near patient fine needle aspiration diagnosis (NPFD) for breast diagnosis.

STUDY DESIGN:

The cytology results of all palpable solid breast lesions undergoing fine needle aspiration (FNA) during a two-year period were prospectively audited and categorized as definitely benign or malignant (definite), probably benign, indeterminate or suspicious (indefinite) or unsatisfactory. The final diagnosis (benign or malignant) was determined from a review of patients' charts and a survey of patients' family physicians. Aspirates were performed by surgical staffand reported either later (non-NPFD) or by NPFD.

RESULTS:

Of 720 FNAs, 230 were by NPFD and 490 by non-NPFD. NPFD was associated with a significantly greater proportion of definite reports (91.9% versus 82.4%). NPFD of discrete breast lumps was associated with higher specificity (89.1% versus 67.5%) and a lower unsatisfactory rate (9.4% versus 19.6%) than non-NPFD. NPFD did not improve the unsatisfactory rate of FNAs from diffuse breast thickenings.

CONCLUSION:

FNA by a dedicated specialist and immediate reporting should be an integral part of a breast diagnostic service.

PMID:
11845809
DOI:
10.1159/000326710
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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