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Atypia in fine needle aspirates of breast lesions
  1. Paul Mansour,
  2. Martin W Shaw
  1. Department of Cellular Pathology, Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust, Southport, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Mansour, Department of Cellular Pathology, Southport District General Hospital, Town Lane Kew, Southport PR8 6PN, UK; paul.mansour{at}

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The paper by Tran et al on the histological correlates of atypia in fine needle aspirates (FNAs) of the breast was useful in suggesting which cytological features are likely to indicate malignancy.1 However, their conclusion that 67% of atypical FNAs are from benign lesions and 33% malignant tumours may be misleading.

In their review of 5340 cases, 363 (7%) of breast …

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