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

Brittany L. Murphy, Amy E. Glasgow, Dan S. Ubl, Elizabeth B. Habermann, Valerie Lemaine

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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. Design: Retrospective review. Setting: National database and academic institution. Participants: 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. Interventions: None. 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. Results: 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). Conclusion: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Kids' inpatient database
  • Surgical correction
  • adolescent breast disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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