Vacuum-assisted excision of breast lesions of uncertain malignant potential (B3): an alternative to surgery in selected cases

S. L. Tennant, A. Evans, L. J. Hamilton, J. James, A. H. S. Lee, Z. Hodi, I. O. Ellis, E. A. Rakha, A. R. M. Wilson

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    Abstract

    To assess whether vacuum-assisted excision (VAE) is a safe alternative to surgery in the treatment of breast lesions Of uncertain malignant potential (B3) in which no atypia is present on needle core biopsy (NCB). Forty two VAE procedures were performed for B3 lesions. Twenty four (57%) were papillary lesions. Eighteen (43%) were radial scars. Two patients (4.7%) were upgraded to carcinoma at VAE. Two patients with papillary lesions went on to develop cancer in the same breast (at 24 and 41 months post VAE). No cancer developed in the radial scar group. Eight patients (19%) had surgery - four for carcinoma, two for radial scars missed at VAE excision and two for symptomatic papillomatosis. Follow-up mammography after VAE of radial scars often showed residual distortion. VAE can be a safe alternative to surgery in the treatment of B3 lesions without atypia, providing thorough multidisciplinary discussion has taken place. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)546-549
    Number of pages4
    JournalBreast
    Volume17
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Radial Scar
    • Papilloma
    • B3
    • CORE-NEEDLE-BIOPSY
    • PAPILLARY LESIONS
    • SURGICAL EXCISION
    • BENIGN
    • DIAGNOSIS
    • RISK
    • UNDERESTIMATION
    • MULTIPLE
    • CANCER

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    Tennant, S. L., Evans, A., Hamilton, L. J., James, J., Lee, A. H. S., Hodi, Z., Ellis, I. O., Rakha, E. A., & Wilson, A. R. M. (2008). Vacuum-assisted excision of breast lesions of uncertain malignant potential (B3): an alternative to surgery in selected cases. Breast, 17(6), 546-549. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2008.08.005