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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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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's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

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

Solid v Fluid-Filled: The most common causes of breast lumps 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. Your gynecologist or primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound distinguish between a small cyst and tumor in the breast?

Can ultrasound distinguish between a small cyst and tumor in the breast?

Yes: A breast ultrasound can often distinguish between a cyst and solid lesion, however, a biopsy will give you a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Breast nodule or a cyst? I just had a breast ultrasound and was first told they saw a nodule, but then later said is probably a cyst and that it may have even exploded. What does this all mean? What is the difference between a nodule and a cyst?

A : A cyst is a contained fluid collection; it usually has a thin outer capsule or rim. A nodule is entirely composed of soft tissue. A cyst can be drained; a nodule cannot be drained because it consists of solid tissue. On mammography, cysts and nodules can have the exact same appearance. However, ultrasound is excellent at differentiating between fluid and solid, and cysts appear very different from nodules on ultrasound. Cysts within the breasts are always benign. If a cyst ruptures, the fluid within the cyst is released and leaks in this surrounding tissue; it is usually then reabsorbed by the body. ...Read more

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23 yar old lady noticed dime sized cyst between her pelvis and her vagina sestive to touch, squishy to touch. Has cystic breast already?

23 yar old lady noticed dime sized cyst between her pelvis and her vagina sestive to touch, squishy to touch. Has cystic breast already?

Could be:: Small boil (skin infection) below skin, could be a swollen, enlarged sebaceous gland, a swollen lymph node, a lipoma (benign fat tumor) - it does not sound like anything dangerous, or like any type of std. ...Read more

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Im experiencing bacckpain between left scapula and thoracic vertebrae.Its like hard muscle when palpating.Medical history removal of cyst left breast, wrist?

Im experiencing bacckpain between left scapula and thoracic vertebrae.Its like hard muscle when palpating.Medical history removal of cyst left breast, wrist?

Muscle spasm: Hello, you are probably correct that it is a hard muscle, in spasm. Muscle spasm in this area is common. Try alternating heat and ice to the area, and take a mild pain pill like Ibuprofen or tylenol. Unlikely to be related to the cysts. ...Read more

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Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. The only question you need to ask is, "Could it be CANCER?" With your cancer history, and the fact that this is a dominant mass where there's possibly breast tissue, you need to get seen. Period. Pick up the phone now. To be brave, act brave. We'll be thinking of you, and if it's benign / nothing / a lipoma / a cyst, you're a stronger and more skilled person. ...Read more

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What causes cysts in the breasts?

What causes cysts  in the breasts?

Nature: Many women have fibrocystic changes in their breast tissue. Fluid retention during the cycle can result in the fibrocystic tissue becoming more prominent - manifesting as cysts. Caffeine is known to promote fluid retention and cyst formation in the breast tissue. ...Read more

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What can cause cysts in breasts?

What can cause cysts in breasts?

Cysts: The cause of cysts in the breast are unknon. Some doctors believe it might bebduebto increased estrogen levels. ...Read more

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