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Benign breast disease

P. Jane Clarke and R. Fiddes

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.130804_update_001

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Benign breast disease

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Benign conditions of the breast are very common, but they cause great anxiety, often leading the patient to be concerned that she has breast cancer. Symptoms may include: (1) a mass in the breast, commonly due to fibroadenoma, benign cystic change, or macrocysts; (2) mastalgia; and (3) discharge from the nipple, which may be caused by hyperprolactinaemia, intraduct papilloma, or duct ectasia. Management involves exclusion of malignancy, often by triple assessment of any palpable abnormality (for clinical examination, radiological and pathological assessment, see ...

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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