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Doctor insights on: How Long Does A Breast Cyst Last

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FNB of complex breast cyst did not make dimple in breast go away. They suggest 6 month follow up? Should I wait that long?

FNB of complex breast cyst did not make dimple in breast go away. They suggest 6 month follow up? Should I wait that long?

Working diagnosis?: The time to wait depends on the managing physician's perception of your current pathology. If maligancy is highly suspected, you should get an incisional or excisional biopsy (larger sample of the lesions) to establish a final dx ASAP ...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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Last year I had a breast cyst aspirated (benign). There is another cyst in that same area this year. Do I need another aspiration?

Last year I had a breast cyst aspirated (benign). There is another cyst in that same area this year. Do I need another aspiration?

Risk assessment: Depending on your age, symptoms and your cancer risk profile it would be best to see your surgeon and consider a repeat procedure. ...Read more

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6 mos. Ago, told I had a breast cyst. At follow up last week, the radiologist told me it is solid, fixed, and has grown by 1mm. How worrisome is it?

6 mos. Ago, told I had a breast cyst. At follow up last week, the radiologist told me it is solid, fixed, and has grown by 1mm. How worrisome is it?

Breast mass: If you have a history of breast malignancy I would suggest any and all masses be biopsied to rule out malignancy. Speak with your breast mammographer and ask he or she what they think. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of breast cyst?

What is the frequency of breast cyst?

Very: Cystic breasts is the most frequent female benign breast lesion. Up to one-third of women aged 30 to 50 years have cysts in their breasts. The true frequency is probably much greater than the clinically recognized entity, and the prevalence has been estimated to be between 50% and 90%. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of breast cyst at 20?

What is the frequency of breast cyst at 20?

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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Should I be concerned about a complex breast cyst?

Should I be concerned about a complex breast cyst?

I would: Make sure to follow up as directed. Cysts of the breast are usually not classified like cysts of the ovaries, simple or complex. Nevertheless, if the docs were suspicous they would order a biopsy or at least additional testing with close follow up. Make sure you follow the recommendations and get clarification from your doc on that report and it's meaning. ...Read more

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Is a septated breast cyst anything to worry about?

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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What to do if I have a reoccuring breast cyst, should I be legitimately concerned?

What to do if I have a reoccuring breast cyst, should I be legitimately concerned?

No, it is: Not necessarily concerning. Breast cysts can normally vary in size with time. Also, following aspiration, there is probably about a 20% chance that a benign cyst will re-accumulate fluid. So, re-occurrence in and of itself is not concerning. ...Read more

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Can a breast cyst rupture?

Can a breast cyst rupture?

They can: Normally get bigger, smaller, or resolve. I suppose they can potentially rupture with trauma, but it would be unusual. ...Read more

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I want to use conraceptive pill but I had a breast cyst is it ok?

I want to use conraceptive pill but I had a breast cyst is it ok?

Yes: One of the non-contraceptive benefits of birth control pills is the reduction in the frequency of breast cysts. ...Read more

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Breast cyst popped like a pimple would. Is this normal?

Breast cyst popped like a pimple would. Is this normal?

Cyst: Your breast is covered with skin and therefore skin issues will occur. As long as the area is not red, firm, painful, it was most likely a sebaceous cyst. ...Read more

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Can a breast cyst be in the armpit?

Yes: Many women have accessory breast tissue in the armpit. Often they don't realize it until pregnancy when the breast tissue swells in preparation for breastfeeding. It's certainly possible to get breast cysts in that tissue. There are also numerous glands in the armpit. The duct pore can get clogged with sweat and bacteria forming a cyst. ...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

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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