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

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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

Scenario:

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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