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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What does my mammogram indicate?

My annual screening mammogram shows interval development of architectural distortion in the right upper breast, anterior third and best seen on the MLO view. Fluctuation of bilateral nodular densities is compatible with history of cysts. Calcifications are stable. My OB/Gyn examined me the week before the mammogram and didn t feel anything suspicious. Since this finding is in the anterior third of the breast, wouldn t he had felt something? I have heterogeneously dense breasts with numerous cysts. I m 54 years old and perimenopausal. My follow up tests aren t for another 2 weeks. Is this a worrisome finding?
Wed, 21 May 2014
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I suggest you get an ultrasound scan of both breasts to confirm the presence of breast cysts. Breast cysts are common after menopause. Because of the glandular tissue changes in the breast, these cysts will often pop up within 6 to 12 months after a woman starts experiencing menopause. The hormone specific to menopause is the hormone typically related to these breast cysts. You need not worry if breast cysts are confirmed.
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