Management of breast fibroadenomas

Ron Greenberg, Yehuda Skornick, Ofer Kaplan

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OBJECTIVE: To identify from the literature and clinical experience a rational approach to management of fibroadenomas of the breast. METHOD: Recent literature on detection, diagnosis, and natural history of fibroadenomas was reviewed. Experience with over 4,000 women evaluated in the breast clinic at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center contributed to the management strategies suggested by review of the literature. RESULTS: Fibroadenomas of the breast are common, accounting for 50% of all breast biopsies performed. Physical examination, sonography, and fine needle aspiration are effective in distinguishing fibroadenomas from breast cancer. Transformation from fibroadenoma to cancer is rare; regression or resolution is frequent, supporting conservative approaches to follow-up and management. CONCLUSION: Age-based algorithms that allow for conservative management and that limit excision to patients whose fibroadenomas fail to regress are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-645
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1998


  • Breast neoplasms
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Women


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