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Topic: 1 month until biopsy was seen by pathologist

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Posted on: Oct 22, 2019 06:45PM

Michelle02 wrote:

I had an excisional biopsy september 7th 2016. It says on report "this case was alloted to pathologist on October 5th 2016" and was signed out October 14th 2016.

Is this normal for biopsies to be seen by pathologist after such a long time? Would this at all effect the accuracy of diagnosis.

The diagnosis reads

-benign fibroadenoma (1.5 cm)

-Adjacent large dilated cystic duct present

-filled with debris and acellular fluid

-shows squamous metaplasia focally-benign

I have had persistent and increasing breast problems since this biopsy. I also found a hard immobile lump in breast recently and have questions if misdiagnosis on an excisional biopsy is possibly?

Thank you for any input.

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Oct 22, 2019 08:10PM Yogatyme wrote:

Michelle, I am certainly not an expert on this but it seems like an awfully long time from biopsy to pathology. You may want to check with your provider about this. So sorry this is causing such confusion and raising questions.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/2/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Oct 22, 2019 09:27PM gb2115 wrote:

I'm not sure it would affect diagnosis. Don't they preserve biopsy specimens somehow? I don't know much about it, but I know when I have had skin biopsies it takes weeks for them to process it.

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Oct 22, 2019 09:35PM TB90 wrote:

This does not affect the dx. They can return to specimens years later. They delay just creates stress.

Dx 11/28/2013, DCIS, Grade 2 Surgery 12/17/2013 Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/19/2014 Breast
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Oct 22, 2019 09:43PM Michelle02 wrote:

Thanks. That's good it does not affect the diagnosis. .

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