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|4/5/2012||Hello, I had a diagnostic mammo and sonogram for a small palpable hard lump that is just on the outside above the areola. Was unable to speak with the doctor who read the films because he was busy with another patient and running behind because an issue I had with being sure the tests were pre-certified, but the nurse said he was referring me to a breast surgeon because there was "fluid in there". I was told he couldn't tell if it was blood or pus. Said he didn't think it was a cyst. Today I feel completely lost and scared because I wasn't able to ask the doctor any questions. Would the fluid mean that it's not solid?|
My question is, is it possible it could be a complex cyst or abscess?
Background: I'm 53 and still have menses.
Originally went to the G/P thinking I had an infection in the breast, extreme burning sensation was what led me to find the lump, fever and chills. That went away prior to seeing the G/P but the burning sometimes severe to the point I have had to ice it) has continued. Several months back I had a deep puncture to that breast in the same general area and it left a HUGE bruise (still have a bit of discoloration at the bottom of where the original bruise was and that is where the small hard lump is that is into the breast tissue and immobile) and the area has stayed a bit tender when brushed or pressed against,(I know the lump was not there prior to the puncture, did monthly s/e but stopped due to the tenderness in that area after the puncture) had a tetanus shot a few years back and it seemed to heal nicely on the outside.
Is it possible that there is an abscess that has been festering slowly within some scar tissue or that has tunneled? I cannot pinpoint the exact area that the puncture was because I can't find the little scar I had, only know it's in the same general area. Also a couple weeks after that I had my 70 lb dog catapult hard off of me and her nails went deep into that same general area.
I'm sorry that I can't give any more info, don't know the size of the lump other than what I can feel, size of a pea, and I don't know what the Birad score was. Also the nurse said she told the Dr about the puncture but he told her that he didn't think it was connected to the findings.
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|4/5/2012||yes, possible for an abcess to be the problem.|
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