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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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8/10/2017I had a small amount of spontaneous clear discharge from my left breast about 8 months ago. I have not had any discharge since then. I have had a mammogram and ultrasound performed with no signs of any tumor, mass, etc. I also had a hormonal and thyroid test performed with normal results. However, my doctor thinks I should also have an MRI. I received a second opinion and that doctor said she didn't think an MRI was necessary. I was just wondering what you would recommend. The second doctor I saw said that an MRI can show a lot of things that are of no consequence and additional procedures are then performed for no reason.
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8/11/2017There is some controversy surrounding breast MRI. The test can be more sensitive but it can lack specificity so additional imaging or biopsies maybe needed. MRI is able to detect a potential breast cancer threat very early but in many instances MRI detects secondary lesions which turn out in the end to be completely benign.

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