Vacuum-Biopsy Procedure Eliminates Most Small Breast Fibroadenomas
CHICAGO, IL -- November 29, 2001
Fibroadenomas, the most common
form of breast tumor and the most common reason for performing
breast biopsies, can be completely eradicated with an ultrasound
guided vacuum-assisted biopsy.
This finding was reported at the 87th scientific assembly and
annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
During a one-year period, Dr. Annette Blank, an attending physician
at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, recruited 30
women with 34 breast lesions into the study to determine if the
biopsy procedure could eliminate the fibroadenomas. The women
in the study were aged 19 to 52, with the mean age of 29.
About 10 percent of women develop fibroadenomas, she said, and
50 percent of all biopsies are performed to determine the status
of the lesions which are not malignant. The peak incidence of
the fibroadenoma occurrence is during the 20s and 30s. The fibroadenomas
rarely grow larger than 3 centimeters and 15 percent of the tumors
will naturally regress.
She reported that all 20 fibroadenomas that were less than 1.5
centimeters in diameter were removed using the ultrasound guided
biopsy techniques. Of the 11 fibroadenomas that were 1.5 to 2
centimeters in diameter, eight were totally removed. None of
the three lesions greater than 2 centimeters could be completely
removed with the device.
Most frequently, the reason for curtailing
the procedure was unacceptable bleeding, although those bleeds
were managed conservatively.
[11/30/2001; Doctor's Guide]
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