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A 33-year-old member asked:

how can you distinguish between breast tissue and a lump?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Mammo or Ultrasound: Sometimes it is very difficult to distinguish the difference between breast tissue and a lump. The use of mammograms as well as ultrasounds in combination with needle biopsy may be requried in order to establish a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Not so Easy: In general, lumps that "count" tend to be 3-dimensionally round, (rock) hard, & non-mobile. However, there is a lot of variation from one person to the next. In my practice, breast ultrasound is an extension of my physical exam, and very helpful to distinguish between the two. When in doubt, a simple needle biopsy under local anesthesia in the office can lead to definitive diagnosis.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What do breast tissue expanders look or feel like?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
They are essentially: ...Empty translucent rubbery balloons with a valve built into the wall that can been accessed through the skin with a needle to fill them with saline and gradually expand a new breast mound into being. They usually feel quite firm while being expanded but newer techniques keep them soft once the permanent device is placed.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is asymmetrical breast tissue?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Different: Asymmetrical breast tissue refers to an obvious difference in the contour of one area of the breast compared to the rest of the breast or it refers to an obvious difference between the two breasts.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Doctors say it was normal. So does that mean its just breast tissue or two large tumors?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Clarification needed: Clarification needed. Say what was normal? Mammogram? Biopsy r esults? Etc. Consider re-asking with clarificiation.
A member asked:

How do you know when a lump in your breast is just normal tissue?

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Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Always be concerned: Watch for any lump which is enlarging over time especially in a post menopausal woman. I would be concerned if the mass is fixed, not mobile, firm, rather than soft. See if skin is retracted or red around the lump. Finally, if there is a bloody discharge on one breast i'd be concerned.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have fibrous breast tissue?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Firmness & imaging: This is a diagnosis that is usually made on examination, radiologic imaging, or breast biopsy.

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