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How is Paget's disease of the nipple diagnosed?

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Your doctor will do a biopsy of the nipple skin. In a biopsy, the doctor removes a small sample of tissue that is examined for the presence of Paget's cells. Because most people with Paget�s disease of the nipple also have underlying breast cancer, a physical exam, a mammography (X-ray of the breast), and possibly a breast MRI scan are used to make a complete diagnosis.

From: Paget's Disease of the Breast WebMD Medical Reference

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Kaelin CM. Paget’s Disease. In: Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK, editors. Diseases of the Breast. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004.

DeVita,VT Jr., Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, editors. Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004.

Beers MH, Berkow R, editors. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Company, Inc., 1999.

American Cancer Society (2005). Cancer Facts and Figures 2005. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society. Retrieved April 20, 2005, from http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/CAFF2005f4PWSecured.pdf.

Marcus E. The management of Paget’s disease of the breast. Current Treatment Options in Oncology 2004; 5:153-160.

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 26, 2019

SOURCES: 

Kaelin CM. Paget’s Disease. In: Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK, editors. Diseases of the Breast. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004.

DeVita,VT Jr., Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, editors. Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004.

Beers MH, Berkow R, editors. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Company, Inc., 1999.

American Cancer Society (2005). Cancer Facts and Figures 2005. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society. Retrieved April 20, 2005, from http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/CAFF2005f4PWSecured.pdf.

Marcus E. The management of Paget’s disease of the breast. Current Treatment Options in Oncology 2004; 5:153-160.

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 26, 2019

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