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Answer to your Health Question

Question:

My doctor says I have a cyst in my right breast.

What should I do?

When to remove a breast cyst?

Emma

Answer:

When a cyst is discovered by ultrasound, aspiration is not generally recommended unless the cyst looks unusual on the ultrasound image.

Aspiration may also be done if the patient wants to relieve physical or emotional discomfort caused by the cyst.

If the ultrasound shows that the cyst may contain material other than fluid, the doctor may recommend aspirating the cyst.

This is done using ultrasound guidance to make sure the cyst is completely drained. Read about ultrasound-guided breast cyst aspiration.

Breast cysts don't require treatment unless a cyst is large and painful or otherwise uncomfortable. In that case, draining the fluid from a breast cyst can ease your symptoms.

Reasons for cyst aspiration include:

1. To confirm the lump is fluid-filled.
2. To prevent the cyst from hiding another change that could occur in the breast.
3. To reduce discomfort if the cyst is painful.
4. To remove the presence of a noticeable lump.

Aspiration of breast cysts is a diagnostic and therapeutic measure.


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