A New Surgical Localization Technique for Biopsy in Patients With Nipple Discharge

Arindam Choudhury, Paul A. Wengert, J. Stanley Smith

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Abstract

• In a series of 12 patients with bloody nipple discharge, a new technique of mammary ductal localization was used to identify the duct responsible for the discharge and assure its complete removal for pathological diagnosis. This procedure utilizes a 30-gauge anterior chamber needle that is gently advanced into the offending duct, and methylene blue dye is injected to outline the involved duct for easy dissection though a circumareolar incision. This provides the pathologist with an intact specimen and avoids the problems associated with specimen roentgenography or loss of a ductal probe during the procedure. Because we feel that all patients with a bloody nipple discharge warrant a biopsy, this procedure provides a safe, rapid, effective method and allows the biopsy to be done on an outpatient basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874-875
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume124
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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