A breast lump is a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast.
Normal breast tissue is present in both males and females of all ages. This tissue responds to hormonal changes and, therefore, certain lumps can come and go.
Breast lumps may appear at all ages:
Infants may have breast lumps related to estrogen from the mother. The lump generally goes away on its own as the estrogen clears from the baby's body. It can happen to boys and girls.
Young girls often develop "breast buds" that appear just before the beginning of puberty. These bumps may be tender. They are common around age 9, but may happen as early as age 6.
Teenage boys may develop breast enlargement and lumps because of hormonal changes in mid-puberty. Although this may distress the teen, the lumps or enlargement generally go away on their own over a period of months.
Breast lumps in an adult woman raise concer...
Definition Breast lump removal, called lumpectomy, is surgery to remove a breast cancer or other lump in the breast , along with some surrounding tissue from the breast. This article covers lumpectomy that is done to remove breast cancer. Other reasons to perform a lumpectomy include: Fibroadenoma Other noncancerous tumors of the breast See also: Breast biopsy - open Breast biopsy - stereotactic Breast biopsy - ultrasound (core needle) Mastectomy Alternative Names Lumpectomy; Wide local excision; Breast conservation surgery; Breast sparing surgery; Partial mastectomy Description If the breast cancer can be seen on a mammogram or ultrasound but the doctor cannot feel the cancer on a physical exam, a wire localization will be done before the surgery: A radiologist will use a mammogram or ultrasound to place a needle (or needles) in or near the abnormal breast area. This will help the surgeon know where the cancer is so that it can be removed. Breast lump removal is usually done in an outpatient clinic. ...
Every doctor has patients that he or she has treated over a lifetime that can be recalled to memory. Often, it is because the circumstances of their care were particularly troubling or difficult. These memories pop up at unexpected times. Many years ago I was called to the emergency room to see a very pleasant 50 year-old woman for chest pain. Upon arrival, I noted a somewhat "ripe" (like an orange that had "passed its prime") smell to the room, a very lovely well made up lady, seated, breathing quite heavily, and unable to lie down without gasping for air. Underneath my hand when I went to examine her heart was a hard lump the size of a robin's egg in her breast. My stethoscope revealed clear evidence that her lungs were filled with fluid. Her laboratory tests quickly returned demonstrating proof of a heart attack, diabetic ketoacidosis, and a leukemoid (suggesting leukemia) reaction. I still recall the feeling of helplessness as I debated with mysel...
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