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Is having breast lumps caused by microcalcifications?

Is having breast lumps caused by microcalcifications?

No: They are 2 separate processes in the breast. Breast lumps are areas of more prominent breast tissue. Microcalciifcations are small deposits of calcium that can not be felt by palpation.

However, there are situations where the microcalcifications are associated with a breast cancer and as the breast cancer grows, a breast mass will be noticed. ...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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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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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

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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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Round density in the inferior mile third of the bres. No suspicious microcalcifications. What does that indicate?

Round density in the inferior mile third of the bres. No suspicious microcalcifications. What does that indicate?

It could be Fibroade: A fibroadenoma is a benign tumor of the breast, commonly see in young women. The diagnosis can be made by clinical breast examination complemented with a mammogram. You should be under the care of a physician who is familiar with breast conditions like fibroadenoma. ...Read more

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In a pathology report, what exactly is "rare microcalcification"? Is there a difference compared with "microcalcification"

In a pathology report, what exactly is "rare microcalcification"? Is there a difference compared with "microcalcification"

Not really: The little calcium chunks were probably what got spotted on mammography and how you ended up getting biopsy. The pathologist is letting your surgeon know that he/she got the right piece of breast. ...Read more

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Dr is bilateral testicular microcalcification dangerous? My dr says nothing to worry. Is my dr right? Does it affect man's life? Is it spreadable disease?

Dr is bilateral testicular microcalcification dangerous? My dr says nothing to worry. Is my dr right? Does it affect man's life? Is it spreadable disease?

Yes, possibly: Testicular microlithiasis is currently thought to be a feature of testicular dysgenesis syndrome. This carries a possible increased risk of testicular cancer and can be associated with decreased fertility. Ultrasound followup is considered appropriate as is testicular self examination. See a urologist. ...Read more

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What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

What are clustered microcalcifications in a breast?

Abnormalities: They are area (s) of tiny calcium deposits, which have high incidence of malignancy, seen in the mammogram, can not feel them by examination, could be small localised cancer tissue, and need to be examined by microscope (biopsy needed). ...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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How often are breast microcalcifications not cancerous?

How often are breast microcalcifications not cancerous?

Most are not: An overwhelming majority of women with microcalcifications seen on mammography have no breast disease. A small subset of these women will have microcalcifications that are deemed "suspicious" for cancer, warranting a (stereotactic) biopsy. Of these suspicious microcalcifications, cancer will be found 15-30% of the time. ...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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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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After mamo and u/s showed microcalcifications in wife's breast, had biopsy with benign result. Now radiologist wants another biopsy?! is this needed?

After mamo and u/s showed microcalcifications in wife's breast, had biopsy with benign result. Now radiologist wants another biopsy?! is this needed?

I'm sorry, yes: They must not have removed the calcifications, so they didn't really biopsy the area of concern. This sometimes happens; the breast can be confusing terrain, and calcifications are very tiny. If the radiologist is recommending another biopsy, please have it done. I know from experience how uncomfortable it can be, but this is exactly what a good radiologist does. You want to be sure! ...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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I have a solid hypoechoic nodule with microcalcifications. Could it be cancer?

I have a solid hypoechoic nodule with microcalcifications. Could it be cancer?

Maybe??: You don't say where it is but microcalcifications is not a good sign. What you need is a needle biopsy under fluoroscopic guidance to make sure they look closely at that tissue. ...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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I have 2 large clusters of indeterminate microcalcifications in right breast. I'm 49, no fam. History or risk factors for BC. What % is benign?

I have 2 large clusters of indeterminate microcalcifications in right breast. I'm 49, no fam. History or risk factors for BC. What % is benign?

Most: However, do not lose sight of the fact that most breast cancers are sporadic. That is not family related. A stereotactic core biopsy of these calcification will change from indeterminate to I know what you are. Although most calcification are benign you cannot be certain until the science says so ...Read more