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Is a diagnosis of infiltrating versus in situ ductal carcinoma of the breast possible in fine-needle aspiration specimens?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cancer
Publication Date
Volume
84
Issue
3
Pages
186–191
Identifiers
PMID: 9678734
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Tubular structures of tumor cells and the presence of stromal fragments in breast FNA are significant indicators of stromal invasion. However, the low occurrence rate of tubular structures (24% in this series) in IDC and the low specificity of stromal fragments limit their utility in separating IDC from DCIS. Nonetheless, if present, tubular structures in conjunction with stromal fragments can be used to evaluate stromal invasion in patients whose disease is being managed surgically.

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