ROJ Write-up on Fibroadenoma (June 23, 2014)
The Effect of Age of the Patient on the Degree of Certainty of the Clinical Diagnosis of a Breast Mass with a Sign-pattern for Fibrodenoma
A female patient presents with a palpable breast mass in which the clinical diagnosis is between fibroadenoma and breast cancer.
Fibroadenoma is a noncancerous solid tumor of the breast.
Clinical recognition and suspicion of fibroadenoma is based on a pattern of signs.
On physical examination, the sign-pattern consists of a palpable discrete breast mass with smooth well-defined border that feels solid and firm; that is highly mobile under the skin; with no associated tenderness and redness of the skin over the mass. If this sign-pattern is present, fibroadenoma is the primary clinical diagnosis.
Question: How will the age of the patient affect the degree of certainty of the clinical diagnosis for the fibroadenoma?
Increasing age of the…
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