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ADH - Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia
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8/16/2011My stereotactic biopsy revealed Atypical Ductual Hyperplasia (ADH). Surgical excision was recommended. My surgeon ordered a pre-op MRI which showed two abnormal areas in the opposite breast. After the MR guided vacuum assisted core needle biopsies, the path report indicated ADH in that breast as well. I realize this is not cancer and that removal is necessary to make sure there are no cancer cells around the biopsied areas. My question is if it is common to have ADH in both breasts?
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8/16/2011Thanks for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Correct, ADH is not cancer, in an amount under 3mm, but when found in larger amount, is now classifed as DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ, which is a non invasive cancer. Yes, it is possible to have ADH in both breasts, but less common. Of course, the results of the final pathology from the excisional biopsies will give you more information on the next best step. Consider consultation with a high risk breast specialist who will evaluate your personal history and your family history. Hope this helps and best wishes.

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