Practical Breast Pathology

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Acclaim for the first edition:

Succinct, well organized, and easy-to-followof the highest qualityrecommended. -- Radiology

Excellent histologic illustrations and concise textprovides a firm foundation in fundamental concepts.-- American Journal of Roentgenology

Remarkablesplendid illustrations provide large views of the lesionsgood reference for any clinician interested in breast pathology. -- Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

Focused on a modern, interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing diseases of the breast, this concise book builds on the high standard set in the previous edition. It provides a complete foundation in the basic principles, radiologic appearance and underlying pathology of breast disease, without overwhelming non-pathologist members of the team with excessive detail. For effective communication at every level, Practical Breast Pathology, Second Editionprovides the clear information, case examples and superb illustrations that make it an ideal clinical problem solver.

Special features of the second edition:

  • High-quality examples of modern multimodality radiology (digital mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging) correlated with large-format 2D and 3D histologic slides
  • New findings on such clinically important topics as the lobar nature of breast carcinoma, multifocality, diffuse carcinomas and extent of disease, concept of the sick lobe and more
  • Introduction of the molecular classification of invasive breast cancer
  • Discussion of prognostic and predictive factors in breast carcinoma, such as hormone receptors and HER2 status
  • Updates on preoperative diagnosis, including intact biopsy and radiologic assessment of the extent and distribution of lesions

Enriched with new information and stunning illustrations in every chapter, Practical Breast Pathology, Second Edition is a key link in the exchange between pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and breast surgeons, as well as residents and trainees. It provides an essential framework for understanding the mammographic-pathologic correlation, leading to increased cooperation among clinical team members and significantly improved outcomes for patients.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Succinct, well-organized, and easy to follow. . .of the highest quality. . .the authors have succeeded in covering 'the information which the nonpathologist needs to know and the pathologist should provide about breast diseases'. . .highly recommended to residents and practicing physicians who have an interest in diseases of the breast. . .well worth the investment.' --RadiologyA wonderful introduction to the essential principles...excellent histologic illustrations and concise text...provides a firm foundation in fundamental concepts...everyone who reads it will appreciate the artistry of the pathologist's technique and perspective. --American Journal of Roentgenology This book would be very useful to a pathologist.. --Canadian Journal of Medical Radiation TechnologyClearly and concisely introduces the specific vocabulary of the pathologist to radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, and other breast disease specialists...the abundant illustrations are superb...explanations of breast pathology are clear...easy to understand and a pleasure to read. --AuntMinnie.comA remarkable exceptional number of splendid illustrations provide large views of the lesions, their environment, and possible heterogeneity...a good reference for any clinician interested in breast pathology. --Surgical and Radiologic AnatomyThe histological slides are colourful and the quality of the breast images is good. . . . This book would be very useful to a pathologist working with the breast imaging team . . . - Canadian Journal of Medical Radiation Technology
From The Critics
This reference provides the information which the non-pathologist needs to know in order to understand a histologic diagnosis of breast tissue. Tibor Tot (pathology and clinical cytology) and László Tabár (mammography) of Falun Central Hospital in Sweden, and Peter B. Dean (diagnostic radiology, University Central Hospital in Turku, Finland) present ten chapters that emphasize mammographic-pathologic correlation in order to assist in the implementation of interdisciplinary breast teamwork. Topics include differentiation between normal breast tissue and fibrocystic change, general morphology of lesions, hyperplastic changes with and without atypia, DCIS, the most usual types of invasive breast carcinoma, common benign lesions and their borderline and malignant counterparts, fine-needle aspiration or core biopsy, the postoperative work-up, assessment of the most important prognostic factors, and case demonstrations. Extensively illustrated with color images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Hana Albrecht, DO (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: Combining breast imaging, molecular pathology, and surgical pathology, this book aims to provide a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing breast lesions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information which nonpathologists need to know and pathologists should provide about breast diseases, without burdening readers with details relevant only to pathologists. Mammographic-pathological correlation is emphasized in the text and graphics, with the understanding that the morphology of normal and pathologically altered breast tissue is the most important basis for making the proper diagnosis.
Audience: The book is written for pathologists and nonpathologists (surgeons, radiologists) who are involved in diagnosing and treating and breast lesions, to assist in the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach.
Features: The book covers several topics from both a pathology and radiology perspective, including the normal breast tissue, variations of normal, and malignant lesions. It also covers the preoperative workup of breast lesions (cytology) and how to handle a specimen postoperatively (grossing and prognostic indicators). The last part of the book presents several case reports describing the clinical presentation, histology, radiology, and take-home points. The case studies are the best part of the book because they tie all the information together and provide a conclusion about each case which emphasizes the important diagnostic pitfalls and differential diagnoses. The least helpful part of the book is the graphics. Each picture is labeled with a number and readers must search in the text to find what the picture is. It would be much easier if each picture or graphic had its own caption with a description.
Assessment: The book provides a general overview of normal breast tissue and common pathologies, but it does not go into detail about any topic. It would be most useful to nonpathologists to help them understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in correctly diagnosing breast lesions. For pathologists, the book does not provide enough detail to be helpful in making histological diagnoses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588900913
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 1/30/2002
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor, Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Turku, Finland; Visiting Professor, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
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Table of Contents

1 Normal Breast Tissue or Fibrocystic Change? 1
2 General Morphology of Breast Lesions 25
3 Hyperplastic Changes with and without Atypia 35
4 Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) 45
5 The Most Usual Types of Invasive Breast Carcinoma 63
6 The Most Common Benign Lesions and Their Borderline and Malignant Counterparts 79
7 Fine-needle Aspiration or Core Biopsy: A Preoperative Diagnostic Algorithm 99
8 The Postoperative Work-up 115
9 Assessment of the Most Important Prognostic Factors 125
10 Case Demonstrations 137
Index 163
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