Purpose Nowadays, surgical excision is no longer justified for all B3 lesions and a minimally-invasive therapeutic treatment has been encouraged. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and the therapeutic efficacy of ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted excision (US-VAE) for the treatment of selected breast lesions of uncertain malignant potential (B3). Material and methods From July 2018 to December 2019, 11/48 breast lesions classified as B3 after ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy were treated with US-VAE in our Institution. Inclusion criteria were: B3 nodules ultrasonographically detectable for which VAE is recommended by international guidelines2, size ranging between 5 and 25 mm, circumscribed margins, and lesion position at least 5 mm from the skin and the nipple. A radiological follow-up to evaluate the completeness of excision, the presence of post-procedural hematoma or of residual disease/recurrence was performed after 10 and 30 days and 6 and 12 months. 12-month ultrasound was considered the gold standard. All patients were asked to complete a satisfaction survey and a full assessment of the costs of US-VAE was performed. Results Complete excision was achieved in 81.8% of US-VAE. No lesions were upgraded to carcinoma and no patients had to undergo surgery. No complications occurred during or after US-VAE. All patients were satisfied with the procedure and the cosmetic result (100%). US-VAE cost approximately 422 Euros per procedure. Conclusion US-VAE has proven to be an optimal tool for the therapeutic excision of selected B3 lesions, with high success rate, good patient compliance and considerable money savings compared to surgery. This technique has the potential to reduce unnecessary surgery and healthcare costs.

Ultrasound-guided 8-Gauge vacuum-assisted excision for selected B3 breast lesions: a preliminary experience / Panzironi, Giovanna; Moffa, Giuliana; Galati, Francesca; Pediconi, Federica. - In: LA RADIOLOGIA MEDICA. - ISSN 1826-6983. - (2021). [10.1007/s11547-021-01429-6]

Ultrasound-guided 8-Gauge vacuum-assisted excision for selected B3 breast lesions: a preliminary experience

Panzironi Giovanna
Primo
;
Moffa Giuliana
Secondo
;
Galati Francesca
Penultimo
;
Pediconi Federica
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

Purpose Nowadays, surgical excision is no longer justified for all B3 lesions and a minimally-invasive therapeutic treatment has been encouraged. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and the therapeutic efficacy of ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted excision (US-VAE) for the treatment of selected breast lesions of uncertain malignant potential (B3). Material and methods From July 2018 to December 2019, 11/48 breast lesions classified as B3 after ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy were treated with US-VAE in our Institution. Inclusion criteria were: B3 nodules ultrasonographically detectable for which VAE is recommended by international guidelines2, size ranging between 5 and 25 mm, circumscribed margins, and lesion position at least 5 mm from the skin and the nipple. A radiological follow-up to evaluate the completeness of excision, the presence of post-procedural hematoma or of residual disease/recurrence was performed after 10 and 30 days and 6 and 12 months. 12-month ultrasound was considered the gold standard. All patients were asked to complete a satisfaction survey and a full assessment of the costs of US-VAE was performed. Results Complete excision was achieved in 81.8% of US-VAE. No lesions were upgraded to carcinoma and no patients had to undergo surgery. No complications occurred during or after US-VAE. All patients were satisfied with the procedure and the cosmetic result (100%). US-VAE cost approximately 422 Euros per procedure. Conclusion US-VAE has proven to be an optimal tool for the therapeutic excision of selected B3 lesions, with high success rate, good patient compliance and considerable money savings compared to surgery. This technique has the potential to reduce unnecessary surgery and healthcare costs.
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