Short report| Volume 43, ISSUE 4, P680-682, April 2017

Download started.


Core needle biopsy for the assessment of unilateral male breast lesions

Published:August 13, 2016DOI:


      The importance of preoperative histological diagnosis in the assessment of breast lesions in women is widely established, but in men with breast lesions histological diagnosis is obtained in a limited number of cases. The aim of this study was to report our single-center experience in a large series of 131 CNB performed for suspicious male breast lesions. Our data confirmed that CNB is an effective method in distinguishing between benign and neoplastic lesions in the male breast, thus validating the few published data. CNB should be a routine part of the unilateral male breast swelling diagnostic assessment, being precious tool for the clinicians for surgery planning or avoidance.


      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'


      Subscribe to European Journal of Surgical Oncology
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Janes S.E.
        • Lengyel J.A.
        • Singh S.
        • Aluwihare N.
        • Isgar B.
        Needle core biopsy for the assessment of unilateral breast masses in men.
        Breast. 2006; 15: 273-275
        • Ferzoco R.M.
        • Ruddy K.J.
        The epidemiology of male breast cancer.
        Curr Oncol Rep. 2016; 18: 1
        • Westenend P.J.
        • Jobse C.
        Evaluation of fine-needle aspiration cytology of breast masses in males.
        Cancer. 2002; 96: 101-104
        • Siddiqui M.T.
        • Zakowski M.F.
        • Ashfaq R.
        • Ali S.Z.
        Breast masses in males: multi-institutional experience on fine-needle aspiration.
        Diagn Cytopathol. 2002; 26: 87-91
        • Westenend P.J.
        Core needle biopsy in male breast lesions.
        J Clin Pathol. 2003; 56: 863-865
        • Mainiero M.B.
        • Lourenco A.P.
        • Barke L.D.
        • et al.
        ACR appropriateness criteria evaluation of the symptomatic male breast.
        J Am Coll Radiol. 2015; 12: 678-682