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Doctor insights on: Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia With Microcalcifications

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What exactly is atypical ductal hyperplasia (adh)?

What exactly is atypical ductal hyperplasia (adh)?

Breast cancer marker: ADH (vasopressin) is an abnormal proliferation of breast duct cells that is benign but is associated with present or future breast cancer. ADH (vasopressin) is suspected on mammograms with microcalcifications and is diagnosed on needle biopsy and usually requires surgical excision. About 30% of excisions for ADH (vasopressin) will show cancer. For the other 70% of women the risk of developing breast cancer over the next 8 years is 3.7%. ...Read more

Microcalcifications (Definition)

Are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely ...Read more


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Is atypical ductal hyperplasia common in women?

Is atypical ductal hyperplasia common in women?

Yes.: The presence of abnormal duct cells at the time of a breast biopsy (ADH (vasopressin)) is common. This is not a pre-cancerous condition, however, women with ADH (vasopressin) do have a 2 to 4 fold increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer as compared to the general population. ...Read more

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Are there natural drugs to take to treat atypical ductal hyperplasia?

Are there natural drugs to take to treat atypical ductal hyperplasia?

I'd choose not to.: A diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia on a biopsy means we need to do surgery to remove the area out. If in case that diagnosis was made on a surgically removed specimen and if it was completely removed then it does not need any additional surgery. Sometimes tamoxifen can be used to follow up as a medical treatment but I would not recommend natural drugs for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia. I wasn't told much?

I have been diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia. I wasn't told much?

ADH (vasopressin) - risk marker: Long term, ADH (vasopressin) is a marker for elevated risk (2.5-4x's) and warrants increased screening (? Bmri) and possible chemoprevention. When found on a core biopsy, the standard is for open biopsy obtaining additional tissue to provide context for the pathology to exclude upgrading to dcis. It does not need to be completely excised with margins. ...Read more

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What should be my next step if I'm diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia?

What should be my next step if I'm diagnosed with atypical ductal hyperplasia?

Chemoprevention: There is an increased risk of developing breast cancer associated with a tissue diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia. This risk can be reduced by taking exists or tamoxifen. Please go and consult with a medical oncologist with an interest in breast cancer to discuss the risk and benefits of chemoprevention. ...Read more

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Breastduct excision fibrocystic changes, ductal hyperplasia w/o atypical, apocrine metaplasia, dilated benign ducts with thermal artifact. This means what?

Breastduct excision fibrocystic changes, ductal hyperplasia w/o atypical, apocrine metaplasia, dilated benign ducts with thermal artifact. This means what?

No cancer: All of the changes in your breast are benign and there is no cancer.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Could usual hyperplasia be mistaken for duct ectasia on a breast MRI?

No,: "usual hyperplasia" is a histologic diagnosis made by a pathologist looking at tissue under a microscope. It cannot be identified as such on MRI or any other imaging study. "Duct ectasia" means duct dilatation and can be identified on MRI. ...Read more

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What is macrophages and cytologically bland of ductal hyperplasia?

What is macrophages and cytologically bland of ductal hyperplasia?

Normal: Macrophages are a type of white blood cells (in the blood they are called monocytes). They are known for phagocytosing ('eating') foreign microscopic substances.

Ductal hyperplasia is a benign proliferation of ducts usually described in breast biopsies. ...Read more

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To have a second opinion about the need of removing a fibroadenoma 5.5×5.2×2.4 CM with usual focal hyperplasia ductal in right breast.?

To have a second opinion about the need of removing a fibroadenoma 5.5×5.2×2.4 CM with usual focal hyperplasia ductal in right breast.?

Sure.: It's always OK to get a second opinion, especially when surgery is involved. See a breast surgeon. A breast mass measuring 5cm is quite large, and a biopsy only removes and tests a tiny piece of it. Without removing the whole mass, it's hard to know for sure that it's benign (not cancer). ...Read more

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Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?

Need medical checkup: It is not uncommon to have some numbness/heaviness after surgery in any area of your body. This can take up 1 to 2 years to completely normalize. But you should have annual clinical breast examinations with your doctor who did breast surgery and seek his advice. An annual mammogram is also recommended. ...Read more

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Is it true that a group of amorphous microcalcifications described as "loose", are generally more indicative of a benign entity than a "tight" group?

Is it true that a group of amorphous microcalcifications described as "loose", are generally more indicative of a benign entity than a "tight" group?

Yes: Originally a mammogram was used to pick up small stellate breast lesions that couldn't be palpated. Then micro C++ was found and correlated with DCIS only when there is a tight cluster and usually the cluster has 8 or more fine granules tightly packed. A loose area has usually been found to be benign. ...Read more

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Can you tell me clustered microcalcifications in the breast?

Can you tell me clustered microcalcifications in the breast?

Go see a doctor: You need to have a clinical breast examination done by a nurse or a doctor. Further, a biopsy of your breast may be needed as clustered calcium deposits can be caused by early breast cancers called ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis). Ask your doctor to help you investigate this further. ...Read more

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What things should not be taken while being prostatitis infection and microcalcification in testes?

What things should not be taken while being prostatitis infection and microcalcification in testes?

See below: When being treated for a prostate infection (bacterial prostatitis) or inflammation (non-bacterial prostatitis), best to avoid citrus foood and drinks, hot/spicy foods, caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, energy drinks), tobacco, alcohol or possibly fried foods all of which are potential prostate irritants. Also should avoid prolonged sitting or riding (bicycle, motorcycle, horses) and avoid constipation. ...Read more

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What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

What causes microcalcification in thyroid nodule?

Hmm: Microcalcifications in a thyroid nodule are from small calcium deposits in the cells. Thyroid cancer can be associated with this finding, however, benign nodules can also have them. A nodule with microcalcifications should have a fine needle aspiration to help diagnose which it is. ...Read more

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Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

Are thyroid nodules with microcalcifications always cancerous?

No: Thyroid nodules with calcifications need to be fully evaluated, but just because they have calcifications, doesn't mean that they are cancerous. Don't delay, get evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: microcalcifications?

What is the definition or description of: microcalcifications?

Microcalcifications: Are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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How often are microcalcifications cancer?

How often are microcalcifications cancer?

? in a mammogram?: About 12% of microcalcifications seen on mammography are indicative of cancer. There are characteristics of the ca which lead the mammographer and/or surgeon to be suspicious. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does testicular microcalcification affect fertility?

Does testicular microcalcification affect fertility?

Maybe: Testicular microlithiasis (TM) uncommon pathologic condition that is commonly diagnosed by scrotal ultrasonography. Indirect evidence suggests that TM may be associated with an increased risk of testicular malignancy and infertility.Greater amount of calcifications seems to have greater relationship to cancer and infertililty. ...Read more

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My diag mammo stated presence of a small tightly grouped microcalcifications slightly pleomorphic and represent interval how serious? Going to see BS

My diag mammo stated presence of a small tightly grouped microcalcifications slightly pleomorphic and represent interval how serious? Going to see BS

Mammography: Hi, Pleomorphic Microcalcifications on mammogram are concerning and deserve further evaluation including Ultrasound/MRI and biopsy. Please talk to your surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there some way to reduce or get rid of microcalcifications in the breasts?

Is there some way to reduce or get rid of microcalcifications in the breasts?

Microcalcifications: There are many causes of breast calcifications, most are benign and require no treatment. Some are suspicious and require biopsy, the rest are best left alone. ...Read more

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My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?

Biopsy Needed for Dx: A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality. This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time. ...Read more

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Can I drink whine while being prostatitis infection and microcalcification please help me I have a party so?

Stop alcohol..: It seems like you want to drink alcohol for your party. If your doctor has told you not to do that, you should not do it. Not drinking alcohol will only benefit you. Help yourself by doing the right thing. Many people go to parties and don't drink alcohol for a safe outcome. ...Read more

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It was determined I have heterogeneously hypoechoic nodule 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.0 cm. There is internal vascularity, with no microcalcification. Concerned?

Depends: It depends where this nodule is (thyroid or breast, etc), other characteristics of the nodule (such as well or ill-defined margins) and whether this nodule has been seen before or not. ...Read more

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Are new clusters of faint, amorphous microcalcifications bilaterally that are indeterminate most likely malignant? Bi-rad 4. Waiting to have biopsies

Microcalcs: Just follow your doctor's advice and have the biopsies performed. Once you know what's there you can make an educated decision on how to handle this situation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

Do thyroid microcalcifications mean cancer?

No: However, certain patterns of calcification raise the risk that a nodule could be malignant. When in doubt, needle biopsy is advised. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between "grouped microcalcifications" and "clustered microcalcifications" in breast?

Is there any difference between "grouped microcalcifications" and "clustered microcalcifications" in breast?

Not really: But, either description of the micro calcifications is suspicious and warrants further workup - magnification mammograms at least.

Depending on what those show, a biopsy may be required to make a final diagnosis.

Please complete the workup! ...Read more

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What causes breast lumps and microcalcifications?

See below: Breast lumps may be cysts (small bags of fluid) or tumor or normal breast tissues. Microcalcifications can be benign or malignant. Benign calcifications may be from fibrocystic changes. Malignant calcifications typically come from tissues produced cancerous breast ducts. ...Read more