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what is the difference between cyst or mass

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Ultrasound : Ultrasound is excellent at characterizing and correctly identifying cysts (a cyst is a fluid filled structure). Most cysts appear obviously benign on ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
25 years experience Radiology
Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecol ... Read More
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Fibroadenoma: Could be a fibroadenoma. you still need to see a doctor and get a mammogram and or an USS to confirm it. The key is to Rule out anything like a breast ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Warren
8 years experience Family Medicine
Evaluation: you need chest X ray CT or MRI scan lab work a physical exam and other lab test please do not delay be seen soon
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Any growth is tumor: A cyst is one type of tumor which, by definition is a fluid filled structure. This is different than a solid growth which is more often cancerous. But ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Hendricks
37 years experience General Surgery
Semantics: The term mass might be applied to something that can't be removed via an endoscope, be it large polyp or a tumor. You might want to ask for more speci ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
Several differences: Abscess simply means the presence of pus! a cyst is a lesion that has a epithelial cell lined cavity. A cyst can become acutely inflamed and become ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Adler
38 years experience Family Medicine
Malignant = cancer: This is one of those misunderstood terms that drs commonly use. Benign is good. Malignant is bad. Malignant always means cancer. Cancers are also call ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Ultrasound: A simple cyst is generally a rounded, thin walled structure filled with uncomplicated fluid..it will look like a black circle on US. A neoplasm may b ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Derman
32 years experience Fertility Medicine
Very different: A fibroid is a benign tumor made of smooth muscle cells. A polyp is a growth of the lining in this case of the uterus.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Infection/fluid : Mastitis is an infection in the breast due to blockage of the ducts. A cyst is a fluid filled area that is very common. Cysts occur monthly due to m ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manoj Reddy
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Cyst vs tumor: Cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material, enclosed by a capsule. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue which could be malign ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dhaval Shah
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference: A carbuncle is skin infection cuased by bacteria and involve hair follicles. It usually drains purulent material. Cyst is a closed sac which may co ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ann Agnew
Dr. Ann Agnew answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nodule vs tumour: Nodules are solid raised areas in or under the skin that are at least 0.5 cm in size. A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue and it can occur a ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
None: These are essentially synonyms. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, be ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Overall course.: There are many differences between benign and malignant tumors. A benign tumor is often well differentiated, looks almost normal, and does not spread ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast answered
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
CA & Teratoma: Teratoma is a tumor with more than one tissue or organ in it that are all normal, like teeth and hair. Tumor is just a mass or lump. CA is made up of ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
One explanation -: Normally this equates to a level of the nervous system- supra= above the ears (approximately) or infra=below. The tentorium cerebelli separates the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Solid versus Cystic: It is easy to separate the two by ct scan. Cysts are invariably benign, but a nodule being a solid structure can be cancerous.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Pocket v sac: A follicle is a tiny pouch at base of each hair that grows on the body. If one of these follicles get clogged, a collection of sebaceous material or ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
"Apples and Oranges": A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor that is most commonly found just under the skin anywhere on the body. They may occasionally cause discomfort but are ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Infection vs not: A pimple is a tiny infection in a pore. The white stuff inside is pus. It's basically a very small abscess. There are many different kinds of cyst, ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
How they act: Malignant tumors can grow locally and destroy other tissues but can also spread distantly. Benign tumors can grow locally and can cause symptoms if t ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
It means 9 mm or: Less. Take care!

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