Friday, November 20, 2009
50 year old lady presented with right breast discomfort. On physical examination, both breasts were lumpy. Ultrasound examination showed multiple and bilateral simple breast cysts. The largest measures 3cm in diameter located in the sub-areolar region of the right breast.
Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs within the breast. They may be single or multiple. Breast cysts are common in women in their 30s and 40s. Most usually disappear after menopause, unless the patients are taking hormonal therapy.
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 the symptoms.
The cause of breast cysts remains unknown. Some evidence suggests that excess estrogen in the body may play a role in breast cyst development.
Plans are being made to do fine-needle aspiration on the largest cyst in the right breast.
Posted by Phoebe