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J Surg Oncol. 1989 Apr;40(4):281-2.

Factitious microcalcifications in breast biopsy material: laboratory-induced error by use of tattoo powder for specimen mammography.

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Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.

Abstract

A xeromammogram led to the surgical excision of a calcified breast lesion on a 66-year-old female. Before specimen mammography was performed, the excised tissue was oriented with tattoo pigment. The specimen mammogram then revealed multiple calcifications caused by unsuspected radio-opaque material in the tattoo pigment, and the original calcifications were obscured. This case demonstrates the hazards involved utilizing tattoo powders for orienting xeromammographically discovered specimens.

PMID:
2927141
DOI:
10.1002/jso.2930400415
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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