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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Cysts in Breast
Do cysts show up in a mammogram? I have a pea-sized lump and I just had my first mammogram and I received a form letter back saying I am normal. I am not trying to be difficult, but my breast does not feel normal. Why do I feel this lump now? Should the test have let me know the lump in my right breast is a cyst?
A mammogram may not be able to see a lump or a cyst. If there is something that does not feel right in the breast, you need more tests. Women can start with their gynecologist or internist or family doctor. Sometimes a needle is put in the area to check for fluid, meaning it is a cyst. Sometimes an ultrasound or a surgical consult is ordered. All breast lumps that you find on exam should be checked and mammogram alone is not always enough.
Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University