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Articles  |   May 1993
Accuracy of fine-needle aspiration biopsy in diagnosis of palpable breast masses: two-year results of a university-affiliated community hospital
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Articles   |   May 1993
Accuracy of fine-needle aspiration biopsy in diagnosis of palpable breast masses: two-year results of a university-affiliated community hospital
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1993, Vol. 93, 585. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.5.585
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 1993, Vol. 93, 585. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1993.93.5.585
Abstract

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.