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7/21/2017I am scheduled for a biopsy on micro calcifications. There are 3 calcs in a line. The radiologist said they would only biopsy 2 of the 3 and assume the 3rd is the same. I have a couple of things working against me. I have pins in my head from a previous surgery and cannot have an MRI and I am a self-pay they are trying to work with. What is your opinion about doing a biopsy on only 2 of the 3 and also, is there any chance when they are seen in a line such as this that they are benign?
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7/21/2017microcalcifications in what is referred to as a linear formation (in a line) can increase the possibility of them being an early stage breast cancer. if they are in a tight formation, clustered, this too is a sign of possibly being malignant. finally, if on magnification they are shown to be individually irregular in their shape, known as being pleomorphic, then this too increases the odds of malignancy. Not all calcs need to be removed on a biopsy and usually are not. they just need an adequate sampling of them to send to pathology.

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