How is a fibroadenoma biopsy done?

How is a fibroadenoma biopsy done?


  1. Lumpectomy or excisional biopsy. In this procedure, a surgeon removes breast tissue and sends it to a lab to check for cancer.
  2. Cryoablation. Your doctor inserts a thin, wand-like device (cryoprobe) through your skin to the fibroadenoma. A gas is used to freeze and destroy the tissue.

Should you biopsy a fibroadenoma?

Fibroadenomas with atypical cells will usually need to be removed surgically and examined. Small lesions that look like fibroadenomas on ultrasound may not require biopsy. These may be followed up with an ultrasound scan instead.

How do ultrasounds detect fibroadenomas?

Ultrasound. On ultrasound, fibroadenomas typically appear as oval, parallel, circumscribed, uniformly hypoechoic masses with echogenic, thin fibrous internal septations (Figure 1B, 2A) and variable posterior features.

How is an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy done?

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is a minor procedure. The radiologist places an ultrasound probe over the site of the breast abnormality, and using local anesthesia, guides a biopsy needle directly into the mass. Multiple tissue specimens are then taken using a hand-held biopsy device.

Can fibroadenoma be seen on ultrasound?

Ultrasound examination is the method of choice in the evaluation and follow-up of fibroadenomas in younger patients. The characteristic sonographic appearance of a fibroadenoma is an ovoid smooth solid mass, narrower in its anteroposterior diameter than its transverse diameter, with even, low-level internal echoes.

How painful is an ultrasound guided breast biopsy?

You will be awake during your biopsy and should have little discomfort. Many women report little pain and no scarring on the breast. However, certain patients, including those with dense breast tissue or abnormalities near the chest wall or behind the nipple, may be more sensitive during the procedure.

Can Phyllodes be mistaken for fibroadenoma?

It has been suggested that phyllodes tumors may be misdiagnosed as fibroadenomas by core biopsy. However, in this case, pathology supports correct initial diagnosis of fibroadenoma and demonstrates a portion of the original fibroadenoma along the periphery of the malignant phyllodes tumor.