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Clinicopathological pattern of breast lesions in children and adolescents

Chukwuemeka Charles Nwafor
Kingsley Uwaemechi Umeh
Emmanuel Benjamin Etuk
Uchechukwu Brian Eziagu
Ikwo Jonathan Kudamnya
Esther Ekwo


Background: Breast lesions are not common in children and adolescents. The aim of this study is to retrospectively survey the clinicopathological pattern of breast lesions in children and adolescents in our setting.

Materials and method: This is a retrospective study of all breast specimens from children and adolescents that were histopathologically diagnosed in University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

Results: The youngest patients seen were 11 years old, with mean age of 17.1 ± 1.91. The commonest clinical diagnoses were fibroadenoma (n=134, 72.4%). Thirty-five-point seven percent of the patients presented within 6 months of noticing the lump. The mean size of the lumps was 6.2cm ± 3.9. Fibroadenoma was the most common benign diagnosis and the most common histopathologic diagnosis in this study. The mean age of patients with fibroadenoma was 17.15±1.83.

Conclusion: The pattern of breast lesions in adolescents in Uyo is similar to that from other parts of Nigeria.

Keywords: Adolescents; benign; breast lesions; fibroadenoma.

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