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Practical Considerations in the Pathologic Diagnosis of Needle Core Biopsies of Breast

Syed A. Hoda MD, Paul Peter Rosen MD
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1309/C97N-CAH7-YPBP-25U0 101-108 First published online: 1 July 2002


The success of needle core biopsy procedures and the validity of pathologic diagnoses made on material from the procedures are key determinants in planning the optimal management of a wide variety of breast diseases. The most common diagnostic problems encountered in these biopsy specimens include lobular and ductal proliferations, sclerosing and papillary lesions, cellular fibroepithelial tumors, and minimally invasive or microinvasive carcinoma. This review provides practical guidance to help narrow the differential diagnosis of lesions on needle core biopsies and offers guidelines for the pathologic reporting of these specimens.

Key Words:
  • Breast carcinoma
  • Core biopsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Pathology