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South African Journal of Surgery

versão On-line ISSN 2078-5151
versão impressa ISSN 0038-2361


MUTEBI, M; SIMONDS, H; CAIRNCROSS, L  e  PANIERI, E. Breast ductal carcinoma in situ in an unscreened population: presentation, diagnosis and management at a single tertiary centre. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2017, vol.55, n.1, pp.4-9. ISSN 2078-5151.

BACKGROUND: To determine the clinical presentation of patients presenting with isolated ductal carcinoma in situ at a single tertiary center in the Cape Town, South Africa. To review the diagnostic techniques most commonly used and the primary surgery performed for these patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective folder review of patients diagnosed with DCIS over a period from Jan 2005 to Dec 2012, at the Combined Breast Cancer Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital. Patients with a histological diagnosis of DCIS were identified from a prospectively collected patient database and the South African National Health Laboratory System (NHLS) histological reports and operative records. RESULTS: 42 patients with isolated DCIS were identified. This represents 1.1% (42/3636 ) of all breast malignancies managed in this period. The average age of presentation was 58 years. Most patients presented with a breast lump (23/42). The diagnosis was made on core biopsy in 14 patients while 8 patients required excision of the palpable lump to make the diagnosis. 23 patients underwent a primary mastectomy, 6 patients had a wide local excision 8( WLE) and 6 patients had radio-guided occult lesion localization (ROLL) with therapeutic intent. CONCLUSION: Though rare, the management of DCIS in this setting highlights the challenges of diagnosing and managing early breast malignancies in LMICs.

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