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Doctor insights on: How Long Should A Fat Necrosis Breast Lump Last Before Healed

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How long should a fat necrosis breast lump last before healed?

How long should a fat necrosis breast lump last before healed?

Variable: Fat necrosis will often improve with time but particularly if it is a larger area it may never completely resolve. A lot of the diagnosis of fat necrosis involved the clinical scenario and impression. Imaging can often be helpful. A biopsy is the most definitive. Make certain your surgeon is sure it's fat necrosis. If there is any question about a lump see a breast surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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How long should a fat necrosis breast lump persist?

How long should a fat necrosis breast lump persist?

Until taken out: Fat necrosis is a common occurrence wherever there are deposits of fat. There may be prior injury. The damaged tissue provokes an inflammatory response with scarring. The appearance can mimic breast cancer but is not a cause of cancer. Small lesions may resolve but most require removal if troublesome. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with breast fat necrosis?

No: Fat necrosis in the breast is usually the result of tramatic injury. This is also self limited. Surgery to the breast(enhancement, reduction, lumpectomy, biopsy, etc) can result in tissue damage that can manifest as fat necrosis - that is usually self limited. In 20 years, I have seen one patient with fat necrosis in the hip/buttock - that was due to impact trauma. I've not seen it in the breast. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for breast fat necrosis?

Is there a cure for breast fat necrosis?

No: A single patch of breast fat necrosis will leave a lump and a bit of deformity, which may be diagnosed on biopsy and/or removed surgically. It is unlikely to be due to any systemic disease, but dr. Singh is very wise to ask about injury. ...Read more

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Can fat necrosis develop into breast cancer?

Can fat necrosis develop into breast cancer?

Not at all: Fat necrosis is a result of trauma to the breast, sometimes so minor that you may not even remember the event. Lump develops but usually there is a history of black and blue bruising for a short period of time. Generally, the lump decreases in size over a period of time and disappears entirely, though this may take several weeks or months. There is no risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Describe the features of breast fat necrosis.?

Painless lump: Fat necrosis of the breast often occurs after injury to the breast tissue. It typically causes a painless lump within the breast. If you have a lump in your breast, you should consider seeing a doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

Need biosy results: With rare exception, one should not go to the or without a tissue diagnosis. This is usually easily accomplished via needle biopsy under local anesthesia. Once the diagnosis is established, the timing of the surgery can be guided by whether the lump is benign or malignant: if benign, no urgency; if malignant, why wait? ...Read more

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