Reporting fine-needle aspirates of breast: a survey of preferences among surgeons.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: The optimal format for reporting results of breast fine-needle aspiration cytology is controversial, with some experts favoring a five-category system and others recommending a four-category format. METHODS: A survey of 200 surgeons was performed to determine their preference for a four- or five-category report format. They were also questioned concerning the number of patients per year in whom they diagnosed breast cancer, if they used fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) regularly, and why they favored one category over the other. RESULTS: Eighty-five complete responses were received. Fifty-eight percent of these surgeons (49) routinely used FNAC for the diagnosis of breast nodules. There was no strong preference for either report format. Twenty-four of 49 routine users of FNAC favored a four-category format, and another four had no preference. CONCLUSION: Surgeons who routinely used FNAC in the diagnosis of breast disease do not have a preference for the five-category probabilistic system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mooney, EE; Seigler, HF; Layfield, LJ

Published Date

  • October 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 317 - 320

PubMed ID

  • 9785002

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9785002

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 8755-1039


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States