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'Atypical' and 'suspicious' diagnoses in breast aspiration cytology.
Cancer. 2004 Jun 25; 102(3):164-7.C

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In 1996, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommended five categories for the diagnosis of breast aspiration cytology: benign, atypical, suspicious, malignant, and unsatisfactory. The authors evaluated the usefulness of separating inconclusive diagnoses into the aforementioned atypical and suspicious categories. The current study examined the correlation between cytologic and histologic findings made in breast aspiration cytology specimens that were categorized in accordance with these NCI guidelines.

METHODS

From 1992 to 2000, 7727 breast aspirations were performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center (Miami, FL). Aspirates were classified using criteria similar to the NCI recommendations. Four hundred eighty-nine aspirates (6%) were classified as being cytologically 'atypical' or 'suspicious'. Of those, 225 'atypical' aspirates and 162 'suspicious' aspirates had available histologic follow-up data and were included in the study.

RESULTS

Among the 'atypical' aspirates, 118 (52%) yielded malignant findings on histologic evaluation. Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (n = 87; 74%) was the most common malignant diagnosis, followed by infiltrating lobular carcinoma (n = 12; 10%). Among 'suspicious' aspirates, 135 (83%) yielded malignant findings on histologic analysis. The most common benign diagnosis in both 'atypical' and 'suspicious' aspirates was proliferative fibrocystic changes with or without atypia, followed by fibroadenoma.

CONCLUSIONS

Most aspirates that yielded suspicious findings on cytologic examination proved to be malignant, as did > 50% of aspirates that yielded atypical findings. Infiltrating lobular carcinoma commonly was underdiagnosed as being atypical on cytologic examination. Benign lesions with atypical or suspicious cytologic diagnoses included certain cases of atypical ductal hyperplasia. The authors concluded that the distinction between the atypical and suspicious categories, as recommended by the NCI, is not warranted. Therefore, they suggest the use of a single term, such as 'equivocal', to describe inconclusive diagnoses on breast fine-needle aspiration cytology.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pathology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, Florida, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15211475

Citation

Kanhoush, Rima, et al. "'Atypical' and 'suspicious' Diagnoses in Breast Aspiration Cytology." Cancer, vol. 102, no. 3, 2004, pp. 164-7.
Kanhoush R, Jorda M, Gomez-Fernandez C, et al. 'Atypical' and 'suspicious' diagnoses in breast aspiration cytology. Cancer. 2004;102(3):164-7.
Kanhoush, R., Jorda, M., Gomez-Fernandez, C., Wang, H., Mirzabeigi, M., Ghorab, Z., & Ganjei-Azar, P. (2004). 'Atypical' and 'suspicious' diagnoses in breast aspiration cytology. Cancer, 102(3), 164-7.
Kanhoush R, et al. 'Atypical' and 'suspicious' Diagnoses in Breast Aspiration Cytology. Cancer. 2004 Jun 25;102(3):164-7. PubMed PMID: 15211475.
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TY - JOUR T1 - 'Atypical' and 'suspicious' diagnoses in breast aspiration cytology. AU - Kanhoush,Rima, AU - Jorda,Merce, AU - Gomez-Fernandez,Carmen, AU - Wang,Hong, AU - Mirzabeigi,Marjan, AU - Ghorab,Zeina, AU - Ganjei-Azar,Parvin, PY - 2004/6/24/pubmed PY - 2004/7/21/medline PY - 2004/6/24/entrez SP - 164 EP - 7 JF - Cancer JO - Cancer VL - 102 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: In 1996, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommended five categories for the diagnosis of breast aspiration cytology: benign, atypical, suspicious, malignant, and unsatisfactory. The authors evaluated the usefulness of separating inconclusive diagnoses into the aforementioned atypical and suspicious categories. The current study examined the correlation between cytologic and histologic findings made in breast aspiration cytology specimens that were categorized in accordance with these NCI guidelines. METHODS: From 1992 to 2000, 7727 breast aspirations were performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center (Miami, FL). Aspirates were classified using criteria similar to the NCI recommendations. Four hundred eighty-nine aspirates (6%) were classified as being cytologically 'atypical' or 'suspicious'. Of those, 225 'atypical' aspirates and 162 'suspicious' aspirates had available histologic follow-up data and were included in the study. RESULTS: Among the 'atypical' aspirates, 118 (52%) yielded malignant findings on histologic evaluation. Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (n = 87; 74%) was the most common malignant diagnosis, followed by infiltrating lobular carcinoma (n = 12; 10%). Among 'suspicious' aspirates, 135 (83%) yielded malignant findings on histologic analysis. The most common benign diagnosis in both 'atypical' and 'suspicious' aspirates was proliferative fibrocystic changes with or without atypia, followed by fibroadenoma. CONCLUSIONS: Most aspirates that yielded suspicious findings on cytologic examination proved to be malignant, as did > 50% of aspirates that yielded atypical findings. Infiltrating lobular carcinoma commonly was underdiagnosed as being atypical on cytologic examination. Benign lesions with atypical or suspicious cytologic diagnoses included certain cases of atypical ductal hyperplasia. The authors concluded that the distinction between the atypical and suspicious categories, as recommended by the NCI, is not warranted. Therefore, they suggest the use of a single term, such as 'equivocal', to describe inconclusive diagnoses on breast fine-needle aspiration cytology. SN - 0008-543X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15211475/'Atypical'_and_'suspicious'_diagnoses_in_breast_aspiration_cytology_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.20283 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -