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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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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.

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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.

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Can a breast cyst rupture spontaneously?

Can a breast cyst rupture spontaneously?

Yes: This can occur. They may also just go away without overtly "rupturing".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Very common...: Breast cysts are extremely common, especially in early adulthood. However, it's important to know the type of breast cyst so that we know how to best deal with it. An ultrasound is usually needed to characterize the cyst. Occasionally, a cyst will need to be drained for diagnosis or relief of pain for the patient. Most of the time however, there is nothing special to do and we leave them alone.

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Is a breast cyst that enlarges about every 6 months deadly.

Is a breast cyst that enlarges about every 6 months deadly.

Probably not serious: Breast cysts are almost always benign and not deadly at all. Especially if painful, a breast cyst should be aspirated with a needle (usually an office procedure). The fluid can be sent for pathologic analysis but that can be confusing as benign cyst fluid contains cells that can be confused with malignant cells. If cysts continue to recur after aspiration, they should be excised.

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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.

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What are the symptoms of a breast cyst? I'm a 21 year old female.

What are the symptoms of a breast cyst? I'm a 21 year old female.

(painful) lump: Breast cysts arise from fluid accumulation within a blocked milk duct. These appear to be estrogen-dependent and very common, occurring in 35-50% of women aged 35-50. When small, they usually are "silent"; but, when large, they can be quite painful. Aspiration is reserved for those that are causing pain or those that are atypical in appearance by ultrasound.

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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.

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How to have a safe sex for women with benign complicated breast cyst?

Cyst: Breast cysts are benign, can cause tenderness in the breasts specially before menstrual period, should not stop from having sex...

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At what size is recommended to biopsy a breast cyst? More than 1 CM (0, 39 inch)? Thanks

At what size is recommended to biopsy a breast cyst? More than 1 CM (0, 39 inch)? Thanks

Cyst: There is no recommended size. The decision to biopsy is based not on size, but on the specific features of the cyst.

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I forgot to ask about the birads 3. Should I be concerned about birads 3 complex breast cyst?

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I forgot to ask about the birads 3. Should I be concerned about birads 3 complex breast cyst?

Short term follow-up: Birads 3 usually refers to "probably benign" and requires short term follow up, usually with a "diagnostic" mammogram and ultrasound if needed. If something remains suspicious, they will recommend a biopsy. Definitely follow up! Best wishes.

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Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Your doc must answer: As a pathologist, I use many different words but "chunkier" isn't one that's familiar to me from breast biopsy aspirate work. You have a right to a complete explanation -- any chance of cancer? -- from the pathologist if your primary care physician or whoever did the aspirate cannot answer for you.

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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.

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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.

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