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What is the difference between cyst or mass

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
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
Dr. Christopher Oxner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Yes and Yes: Ultrasound is just one of many imaging modalities. It can be very accurate at distunguishing abnormalities but it often depends on what you are imagi... Read More

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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 26 years experience
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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?infected cyst: From your description, it sounds like you have an infected sebaceous cyst. It needs to be seen by a doctor when it is swollen.
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Dr. Steven Warren
Family Medicine 9 years experience
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
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Generalities: You cannot tell by these characteristics. All malignant tumors start small. Some benign lesions calcify and turn as hard as stone. When concerned, do ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
A step is missing: I think. If a mammogram reveals a density, it is important to determine where it is solid or cystic. A solid mass is more suspicious for cancer. That ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Could be: A pelvic ultrasound can rule that out so see your gyn, could also be from bowels or other organs.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Urachal cyst?: It sounds like you have a urachal cyst (pronounced you-RAY-kal), a minor congenital anomaly from your umbilical cord. The cyst probably has become inf... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Cyst in a gland: Bartholins gland is normally present at the vaginal opening and some times cysts may develop in the gland. If it is producing a mass you should get i... Read More
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Bartholin cyst: Usually we identify Bartholin's cysts visually and use ultrasound for masses we may feel but can not see.

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