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Galactocele

Overview

A milk filled cyst caused by a blocked mammary duct.

Symptoms - Galactocele

Breast lump

Breast pain

Causes - Galactocele

It can be caused by an infection or postpartum.

Prevention - Galactocele

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Diagnosis - Galactocele

Taking into account the patient\'s postpartum history, this lesion may be related to breastfeeding. However, no definite areas of fat are seen on the mammogram to confirm a galactocele. There is a small hyperechoic region which could represent fat on ultrasound, but this is not definitive. These images suggest abscess, breast cancer, fibroadenoma or galactocele. For a lucent mass, the differential diagnosis includes oil cyst (which may occur following hematoma or biopsy), lipoma, or galactocele (associated with lactation). For a mass of mixed density, fibroadenolipoma, galactocele, intramammary lymph node, and hamartoma should be considered. Breast cancers typically do not contain fat, but may trap fat; therefore, breast cancer should not be discounted if a lesion has areas of radiolucency.

Prognosis - Galactocele

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Treatment - Galactocele

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