A comparison of immunohistochemical staining for oestrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER-2 in breast core biopsies and subsequent excisions

B. Wood, R. Junckerstorff, Gregory Sterrett, F. Frost, Jennet Harvey, Peter Robbins

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    Abstract

    Aims: To compare immunohistochemical staining for oestrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER-2 between core biopsy and matched subsequent excisional specimens.Methods: One hundred consecutive core biopsy cases and subsequent excisional specimens were retrieved and immunohistochemical staining performed. Proportion and intensity of staining for hormone receptors and HercepTest score were recorded for each case in a blinded fashion by the authors.Results: Overall hormone receptor status was concordant between cores and excisions in 96.9% of cases. ER status was concordant between the core and excision in 95.8% of cases. The intensity of staining for ER was similar in both core and excision specimens. PR status was concordant in cores and excisions in 90.3% of cases. There was weaker PR staining in the excisional specimens when compared with the cores. HER-2 status was concordant in cores and excisions in 86.6% of cases.Conclusions: Hormone receptor staining produced similar results on core and excisional specimens, although a small number of additional hormone receptor positive cases could be detected by performing staining on a previously received core in the case of a negative result on the excisional specimen. HER-2 staining is less reproducible between cores and excisions, but the clinical significance of this observation remains to be tested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)391-395
    JournalPathology
    Volume39
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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