How is the etiology of breast abscesses and masses definitively determined?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Definitive diagnosis of the etiology can only be made by pathologic examination and is not an emergency. Timely follow-up care, including mammography and involvement of primary physician and surgeon, is essential.

Finding a breast mass can be stressful for patients; provide reassurance that not all breast masses are malignant.


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