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Breast Cancer

Fibroglandular densites findings and biopsy.

08/20/2008

Question:

I had a Mammographic and sonogram and biopsy this week. Iam 53 years olds and these changes were not there last year. The biopsy did not have enough cells for reading. What should be done next. It was a fine needle biopsy. They did put ina metal marker. If they go in again will they remove this marker? What do you recommend?

Answer:

There are 2 types of needle biopsies, fine needle and core.  Core biopsies generally yield more tissue, but in either case false negative results can occur.  A repeat needle biopsy would be one option.  The other would be complete surgical removal, which would remove the marker as well.  These decisions depend on the level of concern about the findings on mammogram and ultrasound.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University