The effect of breast biopsy on reactive changes in the axillary lymph nodes

R. J. C. Steele, R. A. Blackie, J. D. McGregor, A. P. Forrest

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    The reactive changes in the axillary lymph nodes of 50 breast cancer patients treated by mastectomy immediately following frozen section diagnosis have been compared with the changes in the nodes of 50 patients whose biopsy preceded mastectomy by between 2 and 5 days. The frequency of sinus histiocytosis was significantly greater in those patients who had been subjected to previous biopsy. This finding suggests that prior breast biopsy may negate the prognostic significance of sinus histiocytosis in breast cancer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)317-318
    Number of pages2
    JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1983



    • Axilla
    • Biopsy
    • Breast
    • Breast Neoplasms
    • Histiocytes
    • Humans
    • Lymph Nodes
    • Mastectomy
    • Middle Aged
    • Prognosis
    • Time Factors

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