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Am J Surg. 2006 Oct;192(4):530-3.

Identification of breast cancer in patients with pathologic nipple discharge: does ductoscopy predict malignancy?

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Department of Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44106-5047, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the current study was to review characteristics of patients with nipple discharge who underwent ductoscopy-assisted excisional biopsy who had a final diagnosis of carcinoma.

METHODS:

A retrospective review was performed of patients presenting with pathologic nipple discharge (PND) who underwent ductoscopy-assisted excisional biopsy and had a final diagnosis of carcinoma.

RESULTS:

A total of 14 (7%) of 188 patients who underwent ductoscopy-assisted excision had a final pathology of ductal carcinoma-in-situ (DCIS) (12/14, 86%) or invasive breast cancer with DCIS (2/14, 14%). Duct wall irregularities or intraluminal growths were visualized during ductoscopy in 8 of the 14 (57%) breast cancer patients. There were no visual abnormalities noted during ductoscopy that accurately predicted a final diagnosis of malignancy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although occult malignancies can be identified in patients undergoing ductoscopy-assisted biopsy for PND, no clear morphologic changes visualized during ductoscopy definitively indicated the presence of malignancy.

PMID:
16978968
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2006.06.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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