breast cyst aspirationA breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac, like a tiny balloon, inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They can cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancer).

In breast cyst aspiration, your doctor uses a small needle to make sure that the breast lump is a cyst, and to drain fluid from the cyst.

A breast lump that you can feel might hurt or make you worry about cancer. Breast cyst aspiration can help your doctor tell if the lump you feel is a cyst or a solid mass. Aspiration gives you this information right away, so you don’t have to wait for a mammogram or ultrasound exam.

Your doctor might numb your skin first. Then, using a needle and syringe, your doctor will try to drain fluid from the breast lump.

If the lump is a cyst that contains watery fluid, but not blood, and the cyst goes away after aspiration, you will not need other tests.

If the fluid is bloody, your doctor will send the fluid to a lab to see what it is. If the lump in your breast is solid or contains bloody fluid, your doctor will send you to a surgeon for a biopsy. The biopsy involves the removal of a tiny bit of the lump. The bit of tissue is examined in a lab to see what it is.

Breast cyst aspiration is performed at the DIS Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. Call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 for your very own DIS patient experience. Or, click here to send us an email requesting a visit.

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