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Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Sometimes.: There are lesions that can be determined with a high level of assurance to be benign and lesions that can be determined to be malignant.. There are also many lesions that cannot be determined with a high degree of certainty with these sstudies alone. ...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 would the treatment options be for a small cancerous breast cyst ? If FNA confirms complicated cyst is malignant (no solid mass)

What would the treatment options be for a small cancerous breast cyst  ? If FNA confirms complicated cyst is malignant (no solid mass)

No simple answer: A lot depends on the cancer cell type and pathologic results of initial excision (growth characteristics). The pathologist can usually judge the cell type from the FNA, not always. a surgical biopsy is needed to look for invasion of the surrounding tissues. MRI is often helpful to see local tissue invasion. Then a treatment plan is made with this new information. ...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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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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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". ...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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...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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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more