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Can a suspicious mass on ultrasound come back as 'benign breast tissue' on pathology? What could it have been then?

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Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: communication

Your breast radiologist and pathologist need to speak with each other and ensure there is correlation between the us and pathology findings.

In brief: communication

Your breast radiologist and pathologist need to speak with each other and ensure there is correlation between the us and pathology findings.
Dr. Steven Hebert
Dr. Steven Hebert
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Dr. Joseph Woods
A pathologist has to look at this tissue in the form of a processed surgical specimen under the microscope to report it as "benign".
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

That is why the biopsy was done.
Speak to your doctor about appropriate follow up.

In brief: Yes

That is why the biopsy was done.
Speak to your doctor about appropriate follow up.
Dr. Marvin Den
Dr. Marvin Den
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Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Couple points

The short answer is yes, it can.
Could have looked suspicious but turned out to be nothing. This is not uncommon... Was likely what we call overlapping tissue. Having said that, sometimes things look so suspicious that when a biopsy comes back negative, we don't believe it and re-biopsy.

In brief: Couple points

The short answer is yes, it can.
Could have looked suspicious but turned out to be nothing. This is not uncommon... Was likely what we call overlapping tissue. Having said that, sometimes things look so suspicious that when a biopsy comes back negative, we don't believe it and re-biopsy.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Dr. Anthony Filly
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Dr. Michael Korona
Agree. May be sampling error. May need repeat biopsy. Please ask your doctor.

In brief: Need to check

Biopsies are done for various reasons.
If it was done for suspicious calcifications, seen on mammography, the calcifications in question need to be present in the biopsy and gone from the breast on repeat mammogram. Sometimes, deeper cuts of the biopsy will show the calcifications. Many hospitals have a multidisciplinary committee to review these kinds of cases.

In brief: Need to check

Biopsies are done for various reasons.
If it was done for suspicious calcifications, seen on mammography, the calcifications in question need to be present in the biopsy and gone from the breast on repeat mammogram. Sometimes, deeper cuts of the biopsy will show the calcifications. Many hospitals have a multidisciplinary committee to review these kinds of cases.
Dr. Jim Huehnergarth
Dr. Jim Huehnergarth
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