is a breast cyst?
A breast cyst is a
lump that is a fluid-filled sac. Breast cysts
are almost always benign (not cancer).
How can the doctor determine
the breast lump is a cyst?
A breast lump can be evaluated
by ultrasound to see if the lump contains fluid.
Your surgeon or sometimes the radiologist uses
this first to make the diagnosis and can also
use ultrasound to do a cyst aspiration.
What is cyst aspiration?
Cyst aspiration is a process
your surgeon uses to take the fluid out of a cyst.
How is cyst aspiration done and
when is it used?
Cysts, although usually benign,
can cause pain. By removing the fluid, the cyst
is gone and the pain resolves. Sometimes the surgeon
or radiologist uses aspiration to make a diagnosis
that a lump is actually a cyst. Cyst aspiration
can be done in an office and can be done with
or without ultrasound.
Is the cyst fluid sent to the lab for analysis?
Unless the fluid appears bloody
or appears to be infected, it is unnecessary to
send the fluid to the lab.
Does a cyst ever need to be biopsied
If a cyst is a complex cyst
made of both solid and fluid components, it may
be biopsied or some of the cells sent to the lab
for analysis. If the same cyst is drained and
recurs a number of times, it may be removed for
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