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Preoperative diagnosis in carcinoma of the breast.

Authors
  • Davies, C J
  • Elston, C W
  • Cotton, R E
  • Blamey, R W
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of surgery
Publication Date
May 01, 1977
Volume
64
Issue
5
Pages
326–328
Identifiers
PMID: 861468
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Two methods of obtaining a preoperative diagnosis of breast lumps have been evaluated by simultaneous use on 131 patients. Tru-Cut needle biopsies gave a reliable diagnosis in 75 per cent of those suffering from primary carcinoma of the breast. No cases of benign disease were wrongly reported as carcinoma by this method. Fine-needle aspiration cytology gave no helpful information in one-half of the patients with malignant disease and in addition 5 cases of benign disease were falsely reported as carcinoma. Tru-Cut needle biopsy is a valuable preoperative investigation in patients with primary carcinoma of the breast.

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