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How are breast cysts typically treated?

How are breast cysts typically treated?

Wait or aspirate: Simple breast cysts in premenopausal women are benign and can be observed for several months to see if they resolve. If, due to pain or worry, the patient desires they may be aspirated with a needle and syringe and the fluid sent for cytology. ...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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How are breast cysts typically diagnosed?

How are breast cysts typically diagnosed?

Ultrasound: is the standard for diagnosing cysts. Cysts can be suspected on the basis of physical exam and/ or mammography. ...Read more

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I have extreme pelvic, stomach and lower back pain with cyst on my ovaries and a cystic mass in my uterus. I have spotty bleeding, bleeding with sex, and nausea that has gotten worse over the last month. I was just treated for stage 2 breast cancer. Ar

I have extreme pelvic, stomach and lower back pain with cyst on my ovaries and a cystic mass in my uterus.  I have spotty bleeding, bleeding with sex, and nausea that has gotten worse over the last month.  I was just treated for stage 2 breast cancer.  Ar

Complicated: How were you treated for breast cancer? If you had a cyst and you have an increase in symptoms, I would recommend a repeat ultrasound to evaluate the cyst (which can cause nausea). As far as the bleeding symptoms, I would be concerned about an endometrial polyp especially is your treatment included tamoxifen. Consult a physician. ...Read more

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Are breast cysts dangerous?

Are breast cysts dangerous?

Not at all.: Breast cysts develop when a milk duct gets obstructed & accumulate fluid, forming a "water-balloon" in the breast. As many as 1/3 of women between 35-50 will have cysts. The main problem with cysts is that it is impossible to know if a new lump in the breast is a cyst or a tumor w/o an ultrasound or a needle aspiration. Therefore, never assume a new lump is a cyst until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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Are breast cysts dangerous?

Are breast cysts dangerous?

No,: "simple" cysts are benign and don't turn into cancer. However, if there are solid elements or other findings in addition to the internal fluid and thin cyst wall, they are more suspicious. Benign cysts are an exceedingly common finding. ...Read more

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Is a 10mm cyst on breast big?

Is a 10mm cyst on breast big?

Not that big.: If it was characterized as a"simple" cyst(BIRADS category 2, benign), no follow up or treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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What are complex breast cysts?

What are complex breast cysts?

Fibrocystic changes: Please see other posts on fibrocystic breasts for basic info. A complex cyst is a cyst with debris (nothing bad) that can sometimes look like a solid nodule. Usually the radiologist will recommend a 3 or 6 month repeat film to be sure it is not anything concerning. ...Read more

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How long do breast cysts last?

How long do breast cysts last?

Cysts: Small cysts are cyclical with menstrual cycle, larger cysts can stay for months and can be aspirated (by a provider) to get them to resolve. ...Read more

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Is scaring from breast cysts permanent?

Is scaring from breast cysts permanent?

Breast cyst: Breast cysts are classified as simple, complicated, or complex. Breast cysts do not cause scarring. The only reason to treat a breast cyst is if it is causing severe pain or obstructing adjacent breast tissue. The treatment is usually aspiration. If the doctor decides on excisional biopsy, he will remove the cyst wall. Any minimal scars left on the skin should not concern you. ...Read more

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