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Tumors Not Usually Found in Mastectomy Scars

Routine histologic examination does not benefit patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The routine histologic examination of clinically unsuspected mastectomy scars does not help identify any new or metastatic tumors, researchers report in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

J. Joris Hage, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues from the Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam examined histologic data on 728 clinically unsuspected mastectomy scars excised from 546 breasts. The patients had undergone prophylactic or curative mastectomy or breast-conservation surgery.

The researchers found no evidence of metastasis or de novo tumor in any of the patients.

"Routine histologic examination of clinically unsuspected scars excised at the time of breast reconstruction or scar correction after prophylactic or curative breast surgery did not benefit the authors' patients," Hage and colleagues conclude.

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