What are the possible complications of Advanced Breast-Biopsy Instrumentation (ABBI) procedures?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Hemant Singhal, MD, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCSC; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Complication rates of Advanced Breast-Biopsy Instrumentation (ABBI) procedures requiring medical or surgical intervention are significantly higher than those of core biopsy and vacuum biopsy, with rates of approximately 1.1% for ABBI and less than 0.2% for core biopsy or vacuum biopsy. Although the complete removal of a small malignant lesion does occur, positive margin rates of 19%-100% have been described. [10, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42]  The cost has also been a subject of contention, as ABBI procedures are more expensive than any of the other percutaneous needle-biopsy techniques.

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