The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast

Valerie Jackson, Peter A. Rothschild, Donald L. Kreipke, John T. Mail, Robert W. Holden

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Abstract

There are a number of sonographic findings seen in fibroadenoma of the breast. In a retrospective study, we examined the biopsy results of 59 masses given the sonographic diagnosis of fibroade-noma. We also reviewed the sonograms of an additional 26 biopsy-proven fibroadenomas that were not diagnosed as such with ultrasound. The ultrasound diagnosis was correct in 50 of 76 fibroadenomas (65.8%). Only 12 of the 76 biopsy-proven fibro-adenomas had the classic sonographic appearance of a smooth round or oval mass with homogeneous internal echoes. Fourteen fibroadenomas were not visible on the sonograms, even in retro-spect. The remaining 50 biopsy-proven fibroadenomas demon-strated one or more “atypical” signs of border irregularity, lobulation, inhomogeneous internal echo texture, or posterior shadowing. There were nine sonographic false positives: five patients had other benign lesions on histology, and four masses believed to be sonographicaily compatible with fibroadenoma were found to be carcinomas. While breast sonography is fre-quently a useful modality for breast mass detection, particularly as an adjunct to x-ray mammography, the common overlap in characteristics of benign and malignant masses makes histologic evaluation of all solid masses essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalInvestigative Radiology
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

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Fibroadenoma
Breast
Biopsy
Noma
Mammary Ultrasonography
Mammography
Adenoma
Histology
Retrospective Studies
X-Rays
Carcinoma

Keywords

  • Breast
  • Breast neoplasms
  • Diagnosis
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Jackson, V., Rothschild, P. A., Kreipke, D. L., Mail, J. T., & Holden, R. W. (1986). The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast. Investigative Radiology, 21(1), 34-40.

The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast. / Jackson, Valerie; Rothschild, Peter A.; Kreipke, Donald L.; Mail, John T.; Holden, Robert W.

In: Investigative Radiology, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1986, p. 34-40.

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Jackson, V, Rothschild, PA, Kreipke, DL, Mail, JT & Holden, RW 1986, 'The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast', Investigative Radiology, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 34-40.
Jackson V, Rothschild PA, Kreipke DL, Mail JT, Holden RW. The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast. Investigative Radiology. 1986;21(1):34-40.
Jackson, Valerie ; Rothschild, Peter A. ; Kreipke, Donald L. ; Mail, John T. ; Holden, Robert W. / The spectrum of sonographic findings of fibroadenoma of the breast. In: Investigative Radiology. 1986 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 34-40.
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