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Is fat included included in "benign breast tissue" on pathology?

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Dr. Mark Pack
Surgery
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In brief: Yes

Fatty tissue is considered benign.

In brief: Yes

Fatty tissue is considered benign.
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Dr. Anuj Sonawala
Pathology

In brief: Yes

Fatty tissue (adipose tissue) is considered benign breast tissue.
Benign breast tissue includes all the following: fibrocystic disease, florid hyperplasia, fibrous mastopathy, apocrine metaplasia, fibroadenoma, and even benign calcification.

In brief: Yes

Fatty tissue (adipose tissue) is considered benign breast tissue.
Benign breast tissue includes all the following: fibrocystic disease, florid hyperplasia, fibrous mastopathy, apocrine metaplasia, fibroadenoma, and even benign calcification.
Dr. Anuj Sonawala
Dr. Anuj Sonawala
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In brief: Yes

The breast is made up of breast parenchyma (the lobules and ducts that produce milk) and adipose tissue (fat).
As you age, the proportion of the breast that is fat increases. Essentially all breast biopsies will have fat in them and this is not reported separately by the pathologist as it is a part of the normal breast.

In brief: Yes

The breast is made up of breast parenchyma (the lobules and ducts that produce milk) and adipose tissue (fat).
As you age, the proportion of the breast that is fat increases. Essentially all breast biopsies will have fat in them and this is not reported separately by the pathologist as it is a part of the normal breast.
Dr. Riley Alexander
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Dr. Louis Sussman
Pathology

In brief: Possibly

"benign breast tissue" is a general diagnostic category which indicates that there is no cancer or precancerous findings in the biopsy.
Fat can be a component of this, as can normal breast lobules or ducts, or benign conditions such as fibrocystic disease.

In brief: Possibly

"benign breast tissue" is a general diagnostic category which indicates that there is no cancer or precancerous findings in the biopsy.
Fat can be a component of this, as can normal breast lobules or ducts, or benign conditions such as fibrocystic disease.
Dr. Louis Sussman
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Likely yes,,

Fat is a major part of breast tissue as it surrounds it and may help provide nutrients that help make breast milk, etc.
. If a report says "benign breast tissue" it likely means that normal tissue is seen. Fat is part of that normal tissue. Moreover, it indicates that there isn't anything wrong with that tissue seen at that time. You can also discuss this with your dr. To be sure. Good luck.

In brief: Likely yes,,

Fat is a major part of breast tissue as it surrounds it and may help provide nutrients that help make breast milk, etc.
. If a report says "benign breast tissue" it likely means that normal tissue is seen. Fat is part of that normal tissue. Moreover, it indicates that there isn't anything wrong with that tissue seen at that time. You can also discuss this with your dr. To be sure. Good luck.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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