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Breast-nonmalignant
Procedures
Cautery artifact in breast

Reviewer: Hind Nassar, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 16 August 2013, last major update April 2010
Copyright: (c) 2002-2013, PathologyOutlines.com, Inc.

General
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Micro description
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Micro images
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Blurred cell outlines, hyperchromatic
nuclei and parallel linear cracks

AFIP fig 590: parallel linear
cracks typify cautery artifact


Other: epithelial distortion (fig 9A, 9B)

Extreme cautery artifact in breast
tissue; specimen uninterpretable


Extends > 1mm causing distortion of
lobules; invasive carcinoma or adenosis

Artifact may make specimen uninterpretable

Positive stains
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Differential diagnosis
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