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A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac inside the breast. Cysts are very common in women and many women have more than one. Although usually benign, some simple cysts can be painful or large enough to be bothersome. Others that contain debris or thick fluid are referred to as "complex" cysts.
One way to get relief from the pain is to remove fluid from the cyst, thereby decreasing the pressure. This is called aspiration. At Fairfax Radiology, this procedure is performed with the aid of an Ultrasound by one of our highly trained Breast Imaging Radiologists. The procedure is simple and provides quick results for your peace of mind.
If you feel a lump in your breast that feels like it is filled with fluid or can easily be moved, it might be a breast cyst. Many breast cysts are self-discovered or found during a routine exam by a physician. If you think you have a lump, even if you believe it to be a cyst, you should talk to your physician immediately.
During a Breast Cyst Aspiration, the skin is cleaned and local anesthesia is applied. Using Ultrasound as a guide, a small needle is then inserted into the center of the cyst to remove the fluid. Once the fluid is withdrawn, the procedure is complete.
If all of the fluid is removed, there may be nothing else you need to do. However, cysts do sometimes fill up again. At that point, you can discuss next steps with your physician as to whether it should be drained again, biopsied or just left alone.