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Can I demand the doctor call for breast biopsy result? I cannot stand the tension.

Can I demand the doctor call for breast biopsy result? I cannot stand the tension.

~48 hour wait: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more

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How long can an 8 month old go without pooping before i call doctor? She is breast fed and eating solids.

How long can an 8 month old go without pooping before i call doctor? She is breast fed and eating solids.

Breastfeeding: The longest time one of my patients have done this is 7 days. She was happy and was eating and voiding well and only had 4 poops within a month. It is not normal if she becomes irritable, starts to refuse feeding and vomit or show a distended belly. But even before these observations happen, bring her to the pediatrician to rule out any abnormality. ...Read more

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Please explain what do you call doctors that check for breast cancer?

Please explain what do you call doctors that check for breast cancer?

What do you mean?: Most family docs and gynecologist will do regular breast exams looking for lumps. A radiologist will read the mammogram. A radiologist or a surgeon will do a biopsy and a pathologist will look at the tissue under the microscope. I'm not sure what you mean by "checking" for breast cancer. ...Read more

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When must I call the doctor if I have breast engorgement?

When must I call the doctor if I have breast engorgement?

When uncomfortable: If there is one available through the hospital or labor & delivery, a lactation consultant might be the person to call first for a couple of reasons. One the consultant might be able to say over phone what to do based on years of counseling women in similar situations. Two getting information by calling the hospital staff might be quicker than going through a physician staff person or service. ...Read more

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I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer? Which doctor should I call?

I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer?  Which doctor should I call?

Your regular doctor: You should see your primary care provider as soon as you can. They can then coordinate testing and referrals as appropriate. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

No just follow-up: You had a screening mammogram. This test is designed to determine if your mammogram is normal or abnormal. An abnormal mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have a fibroadenoma, a breast cyst or other benign breast condition which are much more common than breast cancer. The next step if the screening mammogram is abnormal is to perform a diagnostic mammogram of the area. ...Read more

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