INTRODUCTION - In the recent years the increasing frequency of breast tumors during pregnancy have been observed. The authors analyse the diagnostical and therapeutic difficulties and the consequences of the delayed diagnosis comparing their results to literature data. PATIENTS, METHODS AND RESULTS - The result of fine needle biopsy and histology of breast tumors in six pregnant women were analysed between 01. January 1993 and 31. January 1996. at the I. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Semmelweis Medical University School. Histology proved malignancy in one case and benign tumors in five cases. The fine needle biopsy predicted the histolgy reliably in four cases. In one patient the fine needle biopsy gave a false positive result and in the other case the examination was repeatedly unsuccessful. The diagnosis of the malignant breast tumor was suspected on the result of the ultrasound examination. CONCLUSION - The physiological changes of the breast during pregnancy, cause difficulties in the early diagnosis of breast tumors. Therefore repeated examination of the breast is extremely important just as the earliest histological identification of palpable masses. The diagnosis can be provided only by in toto excision of the tumor. Aspects of the fetus may influence the decision on the timing of the operation and whether adjuvant therapy is needed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Breast masses diagnosed during pregnancy|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1996|
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