Diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic breast masses in the pediatric population

Karen W. West, Frederick J. Rescorla, L. R. Scherer, Jay L. Grosfeld

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Between 1980 and 1993, 74 children and adolescents were referred for surgical evaluation of palpable breast masses. Thirty-two were managed nonoperatively for unilateral thelarche (26), fibroadenoma (3), gynecomastia (2), or hemorrhagic cyst (1). The other 42 children had surgical intervention for giant or painful fibroadenomas (19), breast abscesses (5), painful gynecomastia (6), metastatic disease (4), or other conditions (8). No instances of primary breast malignancy were noted. Physical examination and minimal (selective) diagnostic testing can conserve health care dollars in cases of pediatric patients with breast masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1995


  • breast abscess
  • Breast mass, children
  • fibroadenoma
  • gynecomastia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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