The evolving role of axillary lymph node fine‐needle aspiration in the management of carcinoma of the breast
ABSTRACT BACKGROUND:Image-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) studies of axillary lymph nodes (LN) to evaluate breast carcinoma have shown high specificity but variable sensitivity. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the performance of axillary LN FNA depending on clinicoradiologic findings and to document how treatment varied according to FNA results.METHODS:The study cohort consisted of consecutive axillary LN FNA cases over a 4-year period, in which subsequent treatment was known. Clinicoradiologic assessment was classified as “low suspicion” or “high suspicion” and cytopathologic findings as “positive,” “negative,” or “indeterminate”. The test performance for each, using surgical pathology outcome as the “gold standard,” was calculated. The impact of axillary LN FNA on subsequent management decisions was analyzed.RESULTS:Of the 163 cases, axillary FNA was positive in 94 of 163 (58%), negative in 55 of 163 (34%), and atypical/nondiagnostic in 14 of 163 (8%). A clinicoradiologic assessment of “high suspicion” had a positive predictive value (PPV) of 88%, whereas a “low suspicion” assessment had a negative predictive value (NPV) of only 68%. In contrast, the PPV and NPV of axillary LN FNA were 98.7% and 81.8%, respectively. Whereas all of the FNA-nonpositive cases were managed surgically, surgery was deferred in 26 of 94 of the FNA-positive cases, including 11 cases of neoadjuvant treatment. Most of the remaining (65 of 68) FNA-positive patients were spared sentinel lymph node biopsy.CONCLUSIONS:Image-guided LN FNA is highly sensitive and specific for lymph node involvement by breast carcinoma and plays a role both in sparing sentinel lymph node biopsy and in triaging cases for systemic therapy. Cancer (Cancer Cytopathol) 2011. © 2011 American Cancer Society.
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ABSTRACT: Despite the fact that CNB has been progressively replaced by FNAC in the investigation of nonpalpable lesions or microcalcifications without a clinical or radiological mass lesion, FNAC has yet a role in palpable lesions provided it is associated with the triple diagnosis and experienced cytologist. In these conditions, FNAC is a safe, effective, economical, and accurate technique for breast cancer evaluation. Numerous literature reviews and meta-analyses illustrated the advantages and disadvantages of both methods CNB and FNAC. The difference does not seem significant when noninformative and unsatisfactory FNAC was excluded. Recently, cytological methods using liquid-based cytology (LBC) technology improve immunocytological and molecular tests with the same efficiency as classical immunohistochemistry. The indications of FNAC were, for palpable lesions, relative contraindication of CNB (elderly or frailty), staging of multiple nodules in conjunction or not with CNB, staging of lymph node status, newly appearing lesion in patient under neoadjuvant treatment, decreasing of anxiety with a rapid diagnosis, evaluation of biomarkers and new biomarkers, and chronological evaluation of biomarker following the neoadjuvant therapy response.ISRN oncology. 01/2013; 2013:935796.