Research Article

Needle aspiration of the breast with immediate reporting of material.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 21 July 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:185
  1. H L Duguid,
  2. R A Wood,
  3. A D Irving,
  4. P E Preece,
  5. A Cuschieri


    Needle aspiration with immediate cytological reporting has been practised in a breast clinic for one year. Patients benefit by receiving immediately the provisional diagnosis and, when indicated, appointments for metastatic surveys. Close co-operation between surgeon and cytologist has resulted in increased skill in aspiration, better preparation of samples, and greater accuracy in interpretation of reports. Since 5% of clinically benign lesions have proved malignant, even on immediate reporting, we would recommend cytological examination of all breast lumps.

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