Although finding a lump in your breast during an examination is common, it can be a frightening experience. Most lumps found in breasts are benign cysts, which are not a threat to your health. However, even with a mammogram, it can be difficult to determine whether a lump is only a benign cyst or a malignant solid mass. One way to rule out cancer is to have a cyst aspiration performed on the lump.
Cyst Aspiration Basics
A cyst aspiration is an outpatient procedure to remove the fluid in a suspected breast cyst. In most cases, once the fluid is drained, the lump will disappear. This is a positive sign, showing that no solid mass is present. Although both an aspiration and breast lump biopsy use a needle, a cyst aspiration is a simpler procedure than a biopsy, using a different sized needle and technique.
If you have a breast lump which cannot be completely ruled out as a cyst, undergoing a cyst aspiration may be recommended by your physician. This is a quick procedure, usually not requiring anesthesia. Using a needle, the lump will be penetrated to remove any fluid. If no fluid is found or if the lump persists even after the fluid is removed, your medical professional may consider other tests to diagnose the lump.
Breast cyst aspirations should be performed by a medical professional familiar with diagnosing breast cysts and other masses. If you find a breast lump you need examined, choose a clinic with the imaging and diagnostic expertise to view your lump, perform a cyst aspiration and offer further diagnostic tests, if needed.
Posted on behalf of:
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center, P.C.
Mount Vernon Medical Center
755 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast #310
Atlanta, GA 30328