Benign Breast Conditions

Fibroadenoma of breast

The fibroadenoma is the most common benign tumor of the breast. It occurs mainly in developing breasts at puberty and in young women between 20-30 years. It is a fibroepithelial volume and is considered to be an aberration of normal development of lobules despite a neoplasm. It is a well circumcircled volume with a smooth surface and is not related to the mammary gland or the adhesion to the skin.

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Phyllodes Tumor

Clinically and imaging, Phyllodes tumor ,when small in size, looks like fibroadenoma. Usually though it grows rapidly and reaches a much larger size. It occurs in patients over the age of 40-50 years. From pathological side contains elements of both epithelial and mesenchymal origin.

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Intraductal Papilloma

Papillomas developed within ducts near the nipple and may be palpable when found in large, cystic dilated pores.

The main clinical symptom is the serous and/or the hemorrhagic discharge from the nipple. This should be distinguished from the malignancy behind the breast ducts, which is also manifested in a hemorrhagic exudate, such as intraductal papillary carcinoma.

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Breast Lipomas

Breast lipomas are quite rare tumors, they do not cause a problem in the differential diagnosis and are usually removed when they are too large mainly because they cause an aesthetic and not a diagnostic problem.

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Breast Cysts

Breast cysts are a very common finding: depending on their size and the size of the breast they may be multiple and quite often palpable. Simple benign cysts do not lead to malignancy and most of the times they do not require any further intervention.

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