ductal lavage


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ductal lavage

Cytology The harvesting of cells from the mammary ducts in an attempt to identify CA at an early, possibly more treatable stage. See Breast cancer.

ductal lavage

The injection of a small amount of saline into the ducts of the breast through a miniature catheter, followed by collection of the fluid and the cells that wash out with it. The cells are analyzed for evidence of early changes that may suggest an increased risk of future cancers. Occasionally they may reveal an already established cancer.
See also: lavage
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These specimens were reportedly collected for a study initiated by Cytyc Corporation called SEDE, or Serial Evaluation of Ductal Epithelium, to investigate the relationship between the production of nipple aspirate fluid, ductal lavage, and long-term breast health outcomes.
Ductal lavage for detection of cellular atypia in women at high risk for breast cancer.
Using an outcomes database called the Ductal Lavage Outcomes Tracking System, the investigators identified 31 women with lobular neoplasia who underwent ductal lavage.
Investigators found poor agreement between cytologic and histologic findings and a sensitivity of ductal lavage of only 13%-42%, depending on how a positive result was defined.
My fantasy is that in a couple of years the ductal lavage will be routine.
This two-step approach to obtaining nipple aspirate fluid and offering ductal lavage to those with positive results enables gynecologists to stratify women at high risk for breast cancer.
Khan said that although she gets lots of inquiries about ductal lavage from patients and physicians, she and her Northwestern colleagues are "relatively conservative" about recommending the procedure, largely reserving it for high-risk women who want a further assessment before deciding on a risk-lowering strategy such as tamoxifen.
Cytyc's FirstCyte Breast Test is a ductal lavage procedure that can be performed in an office setting.
The trial results establish ductal lavage using the Pro Duct Health microcatheter as a simple, well-tolerated, safe, and minimally invasive office procedure for cytologic assessment of the milk ducts, where 95% of breast cancers arise, said Dr.
SAN ANTONIO - Breast ductal lavage detected premalignant or frankly cancerous cells in one-quarter of high-risk but mammographically negative women in a multicenter trial, Dr.
Cytyc Corporation (Nasdaq:CYTC) announced today that it has entered into a collaborative sponsored research agreement with Northeastern University focused on identifying potential breast cancer markers in ductal lavage fluid collected with the FirstCyte(TM) Breast Test.
Cytyc Corporation (Nasdaq:CYTC) today announced that the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) supports the use of ductal lavage as a cell-based risk assessment tool in high risk and borderline risk women to assist them in making more informed decisions regarding risk reduction and management options.