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Breast swelling: Introduction

Breast swelling: Swelling or enlargement of one or both breasts. See detailed information below for a list of 72 causes of Breast swelling, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Breast swelling:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Breast swelling. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Breast swelling

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Causes of Types of Breast swelling:

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Breast swelling: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Breast swelling, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Breast swelling Treatments

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Stories from Users for Breast swelling

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Message Boards for Breast swelling

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Breast swelling or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Breast swelling:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Breast swelling. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examination the breasts when sitting and lying flat and assess any breast lump found for position, size, shape, consistency, tenderness, mobility and attachment to the overlying skin. e.g. a hard, irregular lump is suspicious of breast cancer; a firm, smooth and mobile breast lump may suggest fibroadenoma
    • Axillary and supraclavicular lymph node examination
    • Examine to see if there is a deformity of the breast associated with any mass e.g. an orange peel appearance of the skin over the tumor, retraction of the skin, retraction of the nipple or ulceration of the skin overlying the mass suggests breast cancer
    • Examine lump to see if it transilluminates - may suggest a cyst of the breast or a galactocoele. If it does not transilluminate it is probably a benign or malignant tumor.
    • If suspect breast cancer inspect liver, lungs and spine for evidence of metastases
    • Mammogram - looking for signs of breast cancer including an irregular infiltrating mass with focal spotty microcalcification in older women . Mammography is unreliable in younger women.
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Medications or substances causing Breast swelling:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Breast swelling as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Breast swelling: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Breast swelling may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Breast swelling

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Breast swelling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Breast swelling: Deaths

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Breast swelling: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Breast swelling

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Breast swelling: Related Rare Diseases

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Breast swelling: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Breast swelling:

The list of organs typically affected by Breast swelling may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Breast swelling

The list below shows some of the causes of Breast swelling mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Breast swelling?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Breast swelling. Of the 72 causes of Breast swelling that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 69 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breast swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Breast swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Breast swelling:

The following list of medical conditions have Breast swelling or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Breast swelling Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Breast swelling based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Breast swelling?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Breast swelling, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Breast swelling:

    Subtypes of Breast swelling:

    Male breast enlargement (44 causes), Gynecomastia (76 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Breast swelling:

    Breast symptoms (240 causes), Swelling symptoms (3730 causes)

    Symptoms related to Breast swelling:

    Breast lump (64 causes), Breast pain (77 causes), Breast symptoms (240 causes), Breast infection (5 causes), Mastitis, Nipple symptoms (123 causes), Nipple pain (11 causes), Breast cyst, Breast abscess (5 causes), Breast cancer (3 causes), Metastatic breast cancer, Chronic cystic mastitis, Fat necrosis, Gynecomastia (76 causes), Papilloma, Breast duct papilloma

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    Medical News summaries about Breast swelling

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Breast swelling

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