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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 133-135

FNAC of breast lumps in pregnancy and lactation


1 Additional Professor, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India
2 Professor and Dean, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India
3 Associate Professor, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
5 Professor and HOD, Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
6 Addditional Professor, Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
M R Pai
Additional Professor, Department of Pathology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore - 575 001
India
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During pregnancy, breast lumps can not only arise de novo but pre-existing lumps can enlarge and at times some of them can recur in the subsequent pregnancy. FNAC picture of benign lumps can be sometimes so disturbing that over diagnosis of malignancy is not uncommon. On the other hand occurrence of truly malignant tumours during pregnancy and lactation should be correctly diagnosed, to plan the treatment. Herein we report FNAC of 13 cases of breast lumps in pregnancy and lactation. All the patients were between 20 and 30 years of age. Seven of them showed essentially benign cytologic picture with certain atypical features while in the remaining 6 cases FNAC showed predominantly malignant cellular morphology necessitating further immediate surgical management.


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