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Want to get on with my life. How is breast fibroadenoma diagnosed? When can treatment start?
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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Biopsy
The only sure way to inentify a breast fibroadenoma is to take a sample of it and to have a pathology doctor look at it under the microscope.
This can be done either by taking a needle core biopsy, which can be done in the office, or by doing an excisional biopsy, which removes the entire mass and is done usually in the operating room. Once it is removed, it should not cause ongoing problems.

In brief: Biopsy
The only sure way to inentify a breast fibroadenoma is to take a sample of it and to have a pathology doctor look at it under the microscope.
This can be done either by taking a needle core biopsy, which can be done in the office, or by doing an excisional biopsy, which removes the entire mass and is done usually in the operating room. Once it is removed, it should not cause ongoing problems.
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Exam
Start with physical examination.
Then other tests may be needed according to your doctor's judgment. Ultimately, if it's a fibroadenoma, you can ignore it or cut back on caffeine.

In brief: Exam
Start with physical examination.
Then other tests may be needed according to your doctor's judgment. Ultimately, if it's a fibroadenoma, you can ignore it or cut back on caffeine.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology
In brief: Biopsy
The most reliable way to diagnose a fibroadenoma is with a biopsy of the lesion.
There are many other lesions that mimic a fibroadenoma either clinically or radiographically. Looking at a sample of the lesion under the microscope should be able to differentiate between the options. Sometimes removal of the entire nodule may be indicated. Speak with your physician or breast surgeon.

In brief: Biopsy
The most reliable way to diagnose a fibroadenoma is with a biopsy of the lesion.
There are many other lesions that mimic a fibroadenoma either clinically or radiographically. Looking at a sample of the lesion under the microscope should be able to differentiate between the options. Sometimes removal of the entire nodule may be indicated. Speak with your physician or breast surgeon.
Dr. Barry Kahn
Dr. Barry Kahn
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