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

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
Yes, a core needle biopsy with a tiny skin incision and local anesthetic take about 15 minutes in the office and can get the diagnosis and maybe remove it if small
Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology

In brief: Never

A lump from fat necrosis can last forever.

In brief: Never

A lump from fat necrosis can last forever.
Dr. Paul Slawek
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