Pleomorphic breast calcifications removed on biopsy

I had a stereotactic core biopsy where I had three pleomorphic breast calcifications removed. They were in a hard to reach place so I incurred a huge hematoma, a LOT of bruising, a lot of swelling, and pain for three weeks. My question is this, since I’m so afraid of having that procedure again…what are the chances of having more of the suspicious calcifications at my one year follow up? Does this happen often?

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Hello meow1,

Thank you for posting.

It sounds as though you had a difficult time following the stereotactic core biopsy to remove pleomorphic breast calcifications. Unfortunately, haematomas do sometimes occur after any biopsy and the bruising, swelling and pain can be very uncomfortable.

It’s not possible for us to say what the risk of developing further suspicious calcifications is, as this depends on what your pathology results showed. As you are having a one-year follow-up mammogram it is likely that you had some atypical change in your biopsy. There are several different types of changes seen and these are associated with different risks of future changes. The best people to ask about this are the breast team who carried out your biopsy. You may have a contact number for a breast care nurse, but if not you can call the breast unit and ask to speak to one of the breast care nurses.

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