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What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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