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Questions about complex breast cysts.
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|9/2/2011||I have had problems with complex cysts in my right breast only. I now have one that is 3.5-4cm. It has been aspirated twice in the past 2 yrs and I also had a core biopsy. I have had this one now for a yr and it is tender. My ob/gyn sent me to a surgeon. After doing an ultrasound, the surgeon wants to operate and remove the cyst. I asked if she could just drain it and she said she thinks I should have it removed since it keeps coming back and it has had "debris" in it before. The doctor said it would be an curved incision appr. 2.5-3 in long. My question is that I was wondering if this is necessary. (my mom did have breast cancer). Wondering if I should get a second opinion. Thanks!|
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|9/3/2011||it is large. certainly useful to first get a core biopsy in breast imaging done so some of the debris within it can be evaluated by pathology first. It makes sense to have it surgically removed however it would be smart to know what it contains before surgery. if there were cancer cells within it then the surgical approach would be different than it would be if it is assumed to be benign (for example, the need for clear margins and probably the need to check the sentinel node.) You are welcome to come to us for a second opinion before progressing further. just call 443-287-2778. Given your mother's family history this is important to address.|
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