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  Oct 16, 2018

Fibroadenoma Diagnosis

Fibroadenomas are considered a common cause of discrete breast masses in young women. The diagnosis of these breast changes is based on the clinically relevant trinity of manual examination, imaging methods, and non-surgical biopsy (which is sometimes also known as the triple test).

Total diagnostic efficacy of the aforementioned three modalities is between 70% and 80%, although they can distinguish between benign and malignant lesions with 95% accuracy rate. Generally, there is an agreement that fibroadenomas can be successfully diagnosed before an operation with a high degree of certainty.

Microscope picture of fibroadenoma of the breast - Image Copyright: Convit / Shutterstock

Medical History and Manual Palpation

Women who present with breast lumps should undergo a thorough medical evaluation, which co