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Surgical Treatment of Adolescent Breast Disorders: Institutional Experience and National Trends

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      Study Objective

      Adolescent breast disorders are rare and typically benign in nature; however, surgical treatments might require multiple surgeries. Because of the limited existing data, we sought to evaluate national trends and describe our institutional experience to help guide patient conversations.


      Retrospective review.


      National database and academic institution.


      Patients 20 years old or younger who underwent a breast procedure in the Kids' Inpatient Database from January 2000 to December 2012 and at Mayo Clinic-Rochester from January 2000 to July 2016. Conditions were categorized into common and complex breast disorders.



      Main Outcome Measures

      To assess any trend of adolescent breast procedures across the United States as a whole, weighted Kids' Inpatient Database data were assessed using a Rao-Scott χ2 test. Within the institutional data, the average number of procedures needed to correct common vs complex breast disorders were compared using an unequal variance t test.


      In recent years, the estimated number of hospitalizations for breast procedures decreased in the United States from 1661 in 2000 to 1078 in 2012 (P < .001). At our institution, 241 patients underwent a breast procedure (75.1% [181/241] female) over 16 years. Common breast disorders were corrected with fewer procedures than complex breast disorders (mean 1.09 vs 2.22 procedures; P = .0003).


      Inpatient treatment of adolescent breast disorders has been decreasing in recent years, likely reflecting a trend to outpatient procedures. Common adolescent breast disorders might be surgically corrected with 1 procedure, whereas complex disorders often require multiple surgeries to correct. It is important to discuss this with patients and their families to adequately set up expectations.

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