Glossary of Breast Disorders

old message Glossary of Breast Disorders Darrell Miller 10/25/05


Date: October 25, 2005 12:00 PM
Subject: Glossary of Breast Disorders

Glossary of Breast Disorders

Mastalgia – Breast pain and tenderness women feel typically during the menstrual cycle. In most cases, breast pain is not a symptom of malignancy. Occasionally, cysts in the breast cause pain.

Cysts – Fluid-filled sacs that may develop in the breast and that are easily felt and cause pain.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease – (FBD): A common condition in which breast pain, cysts, and non-cancerous lumpiness occur together. Although termed a disease, FBD is not a disease, since most women have some general lumpiness in the breast, usually in the upper, outer quadrants.

Fibrous Breast Lumps – Small, non-cancerous, solid lumps composed of fibrous and glandular tissue. Also, known as fibro adenomas. Other types of solid breast lumps include a hardening of glandular tissue (Sclerosing adenosis) and scar tissue replacing injured fatty tissues (fat necrosis).

Breast Infection and Abscess – Variously known as mastitis, breast infections are rare, except around time of childbirth or after an injury. A breast abscess, which is more rare, is a collection of pus in the breast, and may develop if a breast infection is not treated.

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