Benedetto J, Allora V, Wyatt L. Accuracy of fine-needle aspiration biopsy in diagnosis of palpable breast masses: two-year results of a university-affiliated community hospital. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1993;93(5):585. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19220.127.116.115.
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Fifty-eight solid breast masses in 57 patients were subjected to fine-needle aspiration biopsy, and the results of cytologic analysis and histologic diagnosis were compared. The sensitivity was 79.2%, specificity, 85.3%, and accuracy, 82.8%. These results are within the range of those in the medical literature. Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a useful adjunct in the management of palpable breast masses in the community hospital setting. Our data, however, do not support its use alone as a screening tool. Excisional biopsy or close clinical follow-up remains essential for evaluation and management of palpable breast masses.
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