Application of immunohistochemistry to breast lesions

I. Tien Yeh, Carolyn Mies

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Context. - Immunohistochemistry has an expanding role in mammary pathology that has been facilitated by a growing list of available antibodies and a better understanding of biology. Objective. - To explore the key role of immunohistochemistry in guiding adjuvant therapy decisions and sentinel node staging in breast cancer, as well as the role of immunohistochemistry as an aid to distinguishing usual ductal hyperplasia from atypical ductal hyperplasia/low-grade carcinoma in situ; subtyping a carcinoma as ductal or lobular, basal or luminal; ruling out microinvasion in extensive intraductal carcinoma; distinguishing invasive carcinoma from mimics; and establishing that a metastatic carcinoma of unknown primary site has originated in the breast. Data Sources. - Current literature is reviewed, including clinical and pathologic journals. Conclusions. - As new, targeted treatments for breast cancer are developed, pathologists can expect additional immunohistochemistry applications in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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