Current Oncology Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 69–73

Ductal lavage in the screening of high-risk women

  • Patrick J. Kenney
  • Margarett C. Ellison

DOI: 10.1007/s11912-996-0012-x

Cite this article as:
Kenney, P.J. & Ellison, M.C. Curr Oncol Rep (2004) 6: 69. doi:10.1007/s11912-996-0012-x


Due to the high incidence of breast cancer and the excessively high false-positive rate of current screening technologies, adjunctive risk assessment measures are needed. Nipple aspiration cytologic analysis and random fine-needle aspirations have been proposed; however, ductal lavage and cytologic analysis of the effluent is a more sensitive and specific test. The dilemma lies in what should be done subsequent to a ductal lavage yielding malignant or atypical cells. The procedures and potential management strategies are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick J. Kenney
  • Margarett C. Ellison
    • 1
  1. 1.Women’s Cancer Center Los AngelesQueen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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