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What is a breast cyst?

Female hormones in a woman's body can cause balloon-like pockets of fluid to be trapped in the breast tissue. These are called cysts. These can be felt as lumps in the breast or can be found on a routine mammogram. Usually, breast cysts are:
  • Smooth, round or oval and moveable
  • Tender or painful
  • Larger just before your period
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A breast cyst is the most common benign lesion in the female breast. It consist of fluid surrounded by a capsule. Treatment options for enlargement or pain may include needle aspiration by the radiologist or surgical excision by the surgeon. The majority of benign breast cysts do not require any intervention whatsover.

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