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Sunday, August 16, 2009 chipsanddip, Community Member, asks

Q: changes to one areola

I have a cyst under my right nipple. I have noticed changes to that areola for several years. The size changes, in other words, both nipples are no longer in sync. And there are now lighter colored patches on the right as well, towards the bottom mostly, and sometimes I see a little swelling. I am waiting for the results of a biopsy in an other region of my right breast, but I am more concerned about the changes to that nipple that has never been biopsied. Would a simple cyst cause these changes? Is it normal? The variation seems to be great. Thanks very much!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/16/09 5:39pm

Hi - I'm not a doctor, but it would seem if you have a cyst that swells and then recedes, and it's right under your nipple, it might very well push/pull the nipple out of shape, and cause those color changes by stretching the skin.

 

Anyway, since you've had a biopsy elsewhere in your breast, please take the opportunity to ask about this, too, when you see (or talk to) the doctor for the results. Good luck - PJH

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chipsanddip, Community Member
8/16/09 5:59pm

Thank you for your response. And yes, I will also try to see a breast surgeon this week after I get my results. It is very unnerving! The ultrasound tech always told me that nothing is symetrical on the body and that it's nothing. I probably should have asked a breast surgeon :( These changes are new, so it doesn't make sense. I just read about paget's and I got scared. I just wonder what typical changes are like. But really, only the surgeon would know, I suppose. Just struggling waiting for the results!!! Thanks so much!!!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/16/09 7:24pm

Hang in there - waiting for results is the worst, because you imagine all the awful things it could be... and most of the time, it's none of them! Peace - PJH

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chipsanddip, Community Member
8/18/09 11:58pm

Hi! And thanks for your previous responses! Quick stupid question.... I had my biopsy last week (birad 4), and finally good result came in today. But radiologist said it was an 'unidentifiable fibrous glob'. Hmmmmmm.... Is that odd or am I being overly concerned? I see the breast surgeon next week, and he will have the report, and I'll also ask him about the changes on the nipple. But I thought it was strange that they can not identify what they biopsied. Maybe this is normal. Sorry to write again so soon!!! Thanks very much!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/19/09 5:11am

"Fibrous glob" - now there's some medical terminology for you! I'd assume that since they've identified that it's NOT cancer, they don't need to go any further. It sounds like a fibroadenoma - a non-cancerous tumor. Please read our post on fibrocystic change to find out more about this. And I'm glad you got good news! PJH

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chipsanddip, Community Member
8/19/09 6:59pm

LOL... yea, funny terminology! Thanks for being so helpful Smile I really appreciate it :))) And NO, NOT cancer! It's scary just thinking about it, so I cannot imagine what you have gone through. But I'm glad you're here to tell the tale and are here for those who are going through it... and also for being here for those of us who are just scaredy cats ;)) Take care!

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By chipsanddip, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/14/10, First Published: 08/16/09