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About nodule

11/03/2006

Question:

a nodule has been detected that was not detected in mammogram 10 months ago. What does this mean?

Answer:

It's hard to determine what you mean by "detected." If you have a new lump that can be felt, which wasn't seen on mammo 10 months ago, then it should be followed up with further investigation: a repeat mammogram and an ultrasound are helpful to identify whether it is solid or fluid-filled. If it can't be seen on any imaging then a biopsy can be performed by palpation guidance (the abnormality is held in place with one hand while a needle is placed into it with the other hand). Alternatively, it can be removed surgically. I can't predict if this is benign or malignant based on the info you've given.

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Response by:

Jennifer B Manders, MD Jennifer B Manders, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati