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Diagnostic Tests for Breast pain

Diagnostic Test list for Breast pain:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Breast pain includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Palpation of the breasts to check for soreness or lumps
    • If lump is found, examine the breast lump when sitting and lying flat and assess breast lump position, size, shape, consistency, tenderness and mobility and attachment to the overlying skin. Examine to see if there is a deformity of the breast associated with the 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)
    • Axillary and supraclavicular lymph node examination
    • If suspect breast cancer inspect liver , lungs and spine for evidence of metastases
  • Blood tests
  • Other tests
    • 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.
    • Breast Ultrasound - most useful in women less than 30 years of age, for pregnant and lactating women, differentiating between fluid filled cysts and solid mass and palpable masses at periphery of breast tissue.
    • Cytological examination of any nipple discharge - for exfoliated cancer cells may be helpful in diagnosis.
    • Biopsy of breast lump - fine needle aspirate, fine needle biopsy or excisional biopsy.
    • Biopsy of nipple erosion if suspect Paget's disease

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Breast pain causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breast pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Breast pain' 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 pain:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Breast pain' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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