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Fibrocystic breast changes



Reproductive system


Male and female reproductive system disorders
Male reproductive system disorders
Female reproductive system disorders
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Fibrocystic breast changes

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USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE

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A 32-year-old woman, gravida 0 para 0, comes to the office after noticing a painful breast lump in the right breast on self-examination. The patient did notice that the lump becomes larger and tender closer to menstruation, and it often self-resolves once the period has ended.  Medical history is unremarkable, she takes no medication, and she has not had any recent trauma. Family history is positive for breast cancer in her mother at age 60. Vitals are within normal limits. On physical examination, a nodular lump is present in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast accompanied by diffuse tenderness. No discharge is expressible from either nipple. No lymphadenopathy is noted. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?  


Fibrocystic breast changes are benign (non-cancerous) lumps and bumps that can be found in the breasts of women. The cause of fibrocystic breast changes is unknown, but the condition is believed to be related to hormonal changes that occur during a woman's menstrual cycle.