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Surgical Clips for Breast Biopsy: Comparative Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: May 28, 2018
Project Number: RB1227-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of breast biopsy with and without surgical clips in patients with suspected breast cancer or undergoing breast cancer treatment?
  2. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of surgical breast clips in patients undergoing breast biopsy for suspected breast cancer or undergoing breast cancer treatment?
  3. What is the comparative cost-effectiveness of breast biopsy with and without surgical clips in patients with suspected breast cancer or undergoing breast cancer treatment?
  4. What is the comparative cost-effectiveness of surgical clips in patients undergoing breast biopsy for suspected breast cancer or undergoing breast cancer treatment?
  5. What are the guidelines informing best practice for patients undergoing breast biopsy for suspected breast cancer or undergoing breast cancer treatment?

Key Message

Two systematic reviews without meta-analysis, six non-randomized studies, and one evidence-based guideline were identified regarding the use of surgical clips for breast biopsy. No relevant health technology assessments, randomized controlled trials, or economic evaluations were identified.