The value of preoperative mammograms in nononcologic breast surgery

Kevin Snodgrass, Jack C Yu, Erika Doster, Matthew Camp, Derrick Moody, Kenna Given

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It remains unclear whether preoperative mammograms are necessary in young patients having nononcologic breast surgery. Various authors have recommended mammography in all such cases, in conflict with guidelines from the American Cancer Society. We conducted a retrospective study to determine the utility of preoperative mammograms in young women. From 1989 through 1994, 208 patients under 35 years of age had elective breast surgery in our institution. Fifty-one (24.5%) had preoperative mammography. No malignancies were diagnosed. We believe mammograms are not routinely needed before elective breast surgery in patients under 35 years of age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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