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What is the definition or description of: breast cyst needle drainage?

What is the definition or description of: breast cyst needle drainage?

Drainage: A breast cyst is a sac of fluid within the breast tissue. Needle aspiration is the drainage of that fluid, usually guided by ultrasound.
The majority of cysts are benign, and many will recur, even after drainage. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is a complex breast cyst, and why would an aspiration, and core needle biopsy be recommended?

What is a complex breast cyst, and why would an aspiration, and core needle biopsy be recommended?

To rule out cancer.: A complex cyst means it is not a simple sac filled with liquid (like a water balloon). Think of a water balloon filled with some smaller water balloons, pebbles, and dirt. This can hide cancer, which is why you need a biopsy. Make sense? ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Does a breast cyst always need a needle biopsy radiology doc just suggest to do a follow up u/s and mamm in 6 months to make sure cyst has not grown?

Does a breast cyst always need a needle biopsy radiology doc just suggest to do a follow up u/s and mamm in 6 months to make sure cyst has not grown?

No: A simple breast cyst or cyst with a single thin septation is very common and does not require biopsy or follow up. If it has a more suspicious feature (such a internal nodule, thick septation, etc.), then biopsy would be preferable to follow up.

If a breast cyst is benign in appearance, it can still be therapeutically drained under ultrasound guidance to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer?

Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer?

Yes: Benign nipple discharge is usually milky or greenish in color. The greenish discharge associated with fibrocystic changes of the breast is due to dilatation of the ducts (duct ectasia) and leads to the accumulation of debris and then discharge. ...Read more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

Use over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen
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Try not to pop or squeeze the cyst
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If the cyst gets more painful, ask your doctor about possible drainage
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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Bloody breast: Discharge is always concerning, milky, greenish are not, clear can be.

Assuming this is about you, given your age, cancer is not likely. If the discharge is white or green, no worries. If bloody or clear, please see your doctor, but still unlikely to be cancer.

1 breast discharge is not uncommon, even when benign. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast cyst occur in one breast with discharge?

Can fibrocystic breast cyst occur in one breast with discharge?

Yes: Fibrocystic breast changes and symptoms can often be felt more on one side than the other or only on one side. The discharge should be clear or yellowish. You should never see blood, as this is definitely abnormal and needs to be checked out. If you feel a lump or think you have a cyst, a sonogram should be performed to confirm that it is a fluid lump and nothing solid. ...Read more

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Is a septated breast cyst anything to worry about?

No not immediately: But it should be followed up with repeat imaging with mammography and or ultrasound examination as some of the cysts can develop cancer inside after many years of observation. ...Read more

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Think I got breast cyst original one gone but another appeared I'm 19?

Think I got breast cyst original one gone but another appeared I'm 19?

Unusual: Most benign pathology of breast is related to hormone activity on breast tissue. In early years activity is on breast tissue resulting in fibroadenomas. Over 30 the effect begins on the ductal system producting partial blockage with fluid accumulation leading to cysts. When spontaneous opening in duct occurs the cyst disappears. Most of the time with age fibrocytic disease is commonplace ...Read more

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Are breast cyst common for a 20 year old?

Are breast cyst common for a 20 year old?

Yes: They are more common in women aged 35-50 but can be found at any age. Most breast cysts are benign. The might require drainage if they are painful, large, or just simply if you want to make them go away for piece of mind.
Cyst fluid that is bloody is of concern but almost any other color would be of no concern. ...Read more

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Is a 3 mm breast cyst too small to aspirate?

Is a 3 mm breast cyst too small to aspirate?

Too small: A breast cyst that is 3mm is usually too small to aspirate. They are usually observed to see if they get larger, then they can be addressed or disappear on their own. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Very common...: Breast cysts are extremely common, especially in early adulthood. However, it's important to know the type of breast cyst so that we know how to best deal with it. An ultrasound is usually needed to characterize the cyst. Occasionally, a cyst will need to be drained for diagnosis or relief of pain for the patient. Most of the time however, there is nothing special to do and we leave them alone. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

Solid v Fluid-Filled: A "nodule" is a generic term for a breast lump. Common causes include "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue ("fibrocystic changes"), tumors (benign or malignant), and cysts (fluid-filled;benign). A thorough history and physical examination supplemented by ultrasound+/-mammography+/-biopsy will help sort this out. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a breast cyst be caused by a hormonal imbalance?

Usually not: The cause of breast cysts is unknown. There is some investigation ongoing into whether estrogen is involved. Breast cysts are very common, and usually benign. Make sure yours is evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Very little to none: Fibrocystic disease is very common in young woman, itself is not premalignant, but has slightly higher incidence of cancer, cyst itself will not turn to cancer ...Read more

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What are the causes of breast cyst formation when in fact I am breastfeeding?

What are the causes of breast cyst formation when in fact I am breastfeeding?

Could be: A regular breast cyst. Or could be a galactocele which is a retained milk duct cyst. See your gynecologist or physician for an exam. ...Read more

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What herbal medication is best if breast cyst?

What herbal medication is best if breast cyst?

I need to know that: Five patients asked that today for pain we believe low caffeine intake, vitamin E at 200 iu/ daily (controversial) flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil and I add prayers. If totally hormonal than little to help until menopause I have as many patients with increased pain with use of bcp--as patients who state they got better on the pill? Only the british with their placebo trials will answer. ...Read more

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Can the doctor tell the difference between a breast cyst and a tumor? How?

Can the doctor tell the difference between a breast cyst and a tumor? How?

Ultrasound or Needle: It is very easy to distinguish being a cyst, which is fluid-filled, and a tumor, which is almost-always solid, by performing an ultrasound. Alternatively, a needle aspiration can be done. This sounds worse then it is--it hurts about as much as having your blood drawn. Bottom line: if you find a lump in your breast, see your primary care doctor or gynecologist. ...Read more

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Will breast cyst in a woman under the age of 25 prevent her of getting pregnant or causing disease in her body?

Will breast cyst in a woman under the age of 25 prevent her of getting pregnant or causing disease in her body?

No: Cysts in breast are quite common and are per se not an issue for concern. However, it is not feasible for a women to know if a "lump" in the breast is a cyst or something else. There is disparity in the age in your question, 25 and in your profile, 38, in either case if you are planning to get pregnant, please consult your doctor for initiating care, even before you get pregnant. ...Read more

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I have a 1 CM breast cyst. I'm in surgery menopause and I take HRT. Can HRT get the cyst bigger in few months?

I have a 1 CM breast cyst. I'm in surgery menopause and I take HRT. Can HRT get the cyst bigger in few months?

Needs evaluation: All breast masses regardless of how old you are should be promptly seen and evaluated by a doctor. Some can be influenced by hormones others no. You will need to find out what kind of cyst you have. ...Read more

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Is it possible cyst in the breast turn into breast cancer? What causes cyst in the breast? Is the breast cyst dangerous? Thank you

Depends: There are many types of cysts. Simple cysts rarely if ever are cancer. Complex cysts can be more dangerous. If you have a cyst, be sure to follow up with your doctor. They may want to do a needle aspiration and sample the fluid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Question for radiologist. I had U/S done. What causes a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) to be more "tall than wide"?

Question for radiologist. I had U/S done. What causes a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) to be more "tall than wide"?

Scarring?: Without seeing the images, I cannot give you more than a general response. If a cysts has sharp margins that is a typically benign lesion. As I am radiologist, I would want to know why it is complicated. Without knowing this, I would recommend that you have a followup sonogram in 3 months. If it is stable for a year. You shouldn't need any additional follow up. ...Read more

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I'm 29. I have fibrocystic breasts. Is it alarming when a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) is more "tall than wide"? Thank you

No: But if any changes or if any dishcharge or family history of breast cancer should be seeing a breast surgeon to keep up with screenings and if smoke or take birth control stop, this increases risk, try natural family planning nfp. Com ...Read more

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Can a breast cyst rupture spontaneously?

Yes: This can occur. They may also just go away without overtly "rupturing". ...Read more

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Can it hurt to get a breast cyst drained?

No: The breast is given a local anesthetic, a small needle is inserted and the fluid is aspirated. The fluid is sent to the lab for evaluation. The whole procedure can be performed in the office. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Needle Drainage (Definition)

Skin lesion aspiration is the withdrawal of fluid from a skin lesion (sore). A needle is inserted into a skin lesion or skin abscess, which may contain fluid or pus. The fluid may be examined under the microscope or placed in a special laboratory dish (called a culture medium), where it will be watched for ...Read more