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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|1/18/2012||Hi Lillie - Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all these questions! Last week I had a biopsy by a reputable breast imaging center radiologist, after a complex cyst-like structure was seen on an ultrasound. After the biopsy, a titanium marker was placed on the spot in the breast where the cyst was, and I was then sent to have a mammogram. The biopsy results stated that the mass was a fibroadenoma. It's my understanding that these are benign growths. I was told to come back for a follow up ultrasound in six months. I have a couple of questions. First, is this the standard protocol for following a fibroadenoma? I'm assuming that they just want to make sure it doesn't get bigger. Do they usually remove these? Also, since I had the mammogram, does somebody actually "read" the mammogram, or is it just to check the placement of the marker? I'd like to think that they actually look at the mammogram, since I'm very concerned about something being missed in the breast.|
Thanks for your answer!
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|1/18/2012||1. yes it is|
2. they want to make sure there are no changes to its appearance.
3. they are commonly not removed unless large or causing pain/symptoms
4. yes the mammogram is officially read.
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