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Is surgery necessary ever if a fibrocystic breast disease?

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Dr. Garrett Garner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

If the tissue looks concerning for a cancer or if the pt has pain or other symptoms which make removal necessary.

In brief: Sometimes

If the tissue looks concerning for a cancer or if the pt has pain or other symptoms which make removal necessary.
Dr. Garrett Garner
Dr. Garrett Garner
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

Our methods for imaging the breast (digital mammogram, ultrasound, mri) have improved greatly.
We can distinguish a fluid filled cyst from a solid mass. If a solid mass needs to be biopsies, then a core needle biopsy can be done to provide a diagnosis. If there is a fluid filled cyst that is painful, a needle aspiration is done. Surgery should not be the first option.

In brief: Usually not

Our methods for imaging the breast (digital mammogram, ultrasound, mri) have improved greatly.
We can distinguish a fluid filled cyst from a solid mass. If a solid mass needs to be biopsies, then a core needle biopsy can be done to provide a diagnosis. If there is a fluid filled cyst that is painful, a needle aspiration is done. Surgery should not be the first option.
Dr. Regina Hampton
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
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In brief: Not a disease

Fibrocystic changes refer to a spectrum of benign variations seen within breast tissue.
It is not a "disease" and in and itself does not significantly impact risk (breast density and nodularity may impact the ability and siensitivity of screening however and mammographic density has been identified as a risk marker).

In brief: Not a disease

Fibrocystic changes refer to a spectrum of benign variations seen within breast tissue.
It is not a "disease" and in and itself does not significantly impact risk (breast density and nodularity may impact the ability and siensitivity of screening however and mammographic density has been identified as a risk marker).
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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