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Flat epithelial atypia of the breast: pathological-radiological correlation.
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PMID:  21862819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of flat epithelial atypia at ultrasound-guided and stereotactically guided needle biopsies, to describe the mammographic and sonographic features of flat epithelial atypia, and to determine the significance of lesions diagnosed as flat epithelial atypia at imaging-guided needle biopsies.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of a database of 1369 consecutive sonographically and stereotactically guided needle biopsies performed during a 12-month period yielded 33 lesions with flat epithelial atypia as the most severe pathologic entity (32 patients). Two radiologists retrospectively reviewed the imaging presentation, by combined consensus, according to the BI-RADS lexicon.
RESULTS: Twenty-two of 33 flat epithelial atypia diagnoses (67%) were obtained under stereotactic guidance, and 11 (33%) were obtained under sonographic guidance. Six patients had synchronous breast cancer. Flat epithelial atypia lesions presented mammographically most often as microcalcifications (20/33 [61%]) distributed in a cluster (14/20 [70%]) with amorphous morphology (13/20 [65%]). Sonographically, flat epithelial atypia lesions appeared most often as masses (9/11 [82%]), with an irregular shape (6/9 [67%]), microlobulated margins (5/9 [56%]), and hypoechoic or complex echotexture (7/9 [78%]). Twenty-eight of 33 lesions (85%) were surgically excised, confirming the flat epithelial atypia diagnosis in 11 of the 28 lesions (39%), yielding carcinoma in four (14%) and atypical ductal hyperplasia in six (21%). Columnar cell changes without atypia were diagnosed in four lesions (14%), and lobular carcinoma in situ was diagnosed in three lesions (11%).
CONCLUSION: Mammographic and sonographic presentation of flat epithelial atypia is not specific (clustered amorphous microcalcifications and irregular, hypoechoic or complex masses). Given the underestimation rate of malignancy, surgical excision should be considered when imaging-guided biopsy yields flat epithelial atypia.
Silma Solorzano; Benoît Mesurolle; Attila Omeroglu; Mona El Khoury; Ellen Kao; Ann Aldis; Sarkis Meterissian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  197     ISSN:  1546-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  740-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Cedar Breast Clinic, Department of Radiology, McGill University Health Center, Royal Victoria Hospital, 687 Pine Ave W, Montreal, PQ, H3H 1A1, Canada.
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