Dilated duct

I found a lump that was looked at by ultrasound. They took a biopsy which has come back as a benign dilated duct with some inspissated contents. However the radiologist doesn’t feel confident that the results match the imaging - so she’s ordered a repeat biopsy. Is it possible to explain a little more about what this could mean?

Hi Samsam

Thanks for your post.

When you go to the breast clinic you may have various tests. Each test provides different information about the area that is being examined. Sometimes the imaging tests (in your case an ultrasound) suggest one thing but the biopsy results suggest something different. In this situation further tests, such as a repeat biopsy are caried out to clarify what is causing the breast change or lump.

It’s difficult for us to explain what this means in your situation. The best people to provide you with more information are the doctors you have been seeing. I wonder if you could contact the clinic or if you have been introduced to one, the breast care nurse and ask if they can explain a little more to you about what this could mean.

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