Title

Antithrombotic Therapy: Evaluation of the Safety of Performing Core Needle Biopsy of the Breast Without Suspending Medication
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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2018

Keywords

anticoagulants; antiplatelets; antithrombotic therapy; core needle breast biopsy

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients are increasingly presenting for outpatient breast biopsy while taking medically necessary antithrombotic therapy. Cessation of this medication prior to biopsy increases patients' risk of vascular complications. 
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OBJECTIVES: This article evaluates the safety of performing core needle biopsies of the breast in patients without suspending prescription antithrombotic therapy. 
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METHODS: In this retrospective chart review study, patients continued prescription antithrombotic therapy prior to and including the day of biopsy. Follow-up telephone assessment, relying on patient self-report, was completed on the same or next business day. The chart review included report of bleeding as a postprocedure complication.
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FINDINGS: None of the 42 women who completed core needle biopsy of the breast while on antithrombotic therapy reported postdischarge bleeding, and 2 reported hematoma, supporting the safety of continuing antithrombotic therapy in patients who undergo core needle biopsy of the breast.

Clinical Institute

Cancer

Department

Oncology

Department

Nursing

Volume

22

Issue

1

First Page

18

Last Page

18

PubMed ID

29350697

Journal Title

Clinical journal of oncology nursing

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