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Breast Disease Cystic Overview

Another name for Breast Disease Cystic is Fibrocystic Breast Disease.

What is fibrocystic breast disease?
A woman with fibrocystic breast disease has a form of benign breast disease where there are numerous non-cancerous lumps that form in the breasts. Fibrocystic breast disease affects the glands that produce milk in the breast. Although the exact cause for fibrocystic breast disease is unknown, female sex hormones play a role. Fibrocystic breast disease is common in women who are 30 to 48 years old.

What are the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?
Symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease include breast lump, breast tenderness, and breast pain that usually worsens during menstrual periods.

How does the doctor treat fibrocystic breast disease?
Treatment of fibrocystic breast disease may include supportive bra, danazol, oral contraceptives, diuretics, bromocriptine, vitamin A, and vitamin E.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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