What is the role of fibrocystic changes in the etiology of breast abscesses and masses?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Breast lobules may dilate and form cysts of varying sizes, due to hormonal changes in the menstrual cycle. Cysts are found in about 1 in 3 women aged 35-50 years. [15] Rupturing of the cysts can cause scarring and inflammation that leads to fibrotic changes, which feel rubbery, firm, or hard.

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